Our Year 9 Environmental centre was certainly a moo-haven for gorgeous Daisy and Jane, the two three week old calves that took up residence as part of Dairy Australia's ‘Cows Create Careers’ Program.
Year 9 students participated in the program as part of their Community Projects studies which involves the raising of two calves for a number of weeks. Daisy and Jane grew quickly while being hand-reared by their doting carers and enjoyed frequent walks on their leads around the college grounds.
A local dairy farmer taught the students how to care for the calves, and demonstrated skills such as animal husbandry, feeding and weighing. Over the three-weeks, students are required to form teams to complete industry-based assessments.
Cows Create Careers was originally established in 2004 with dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club in Victoria and nine Gippsland schools. Locally, the project is funded by GippsDairy and receives additional support across the state from local companies MaxCare Animal Nutrition, Baw Baw Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Parmalat, Reid Stockfeeds, Daviesway, Dasco, Skellerup and Peach Teats who have continued to support the project in the South Gippsland region.