Makeover pro­motes dairy farm­ing value

Rais­ing the aware­ness of coun­try stu­dents

Myrtleford Times - - News -

DEDERANG Pri­mary School stu­dents have busily been ‘Paint­ing Daisy’ as part of a Victorian project to pro­mote chil­dren’s aware­ness of the value of dairy­farm­ing.

The school is one of 14 in the North East and Goul­burn re­gions and 10 in Gipp­s­land which are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ‘dairy­ing dis­cov­ery’ pro­gram.

Chil­dren use their cre­ativ­ity to learn about dairy cat­tle, farm­ing and milk pro­duc­tion – and its ben­e­fits – and work in pairs to paint or dec­o­rate a blank, scaled-down model of a cow.

They ac­tively re­search a cho­sen topic about the dairy in­dus­try and write a pos­i­tive news story to demon­strate what they’ve learned.

Some of the sub­jects on of­fer in­clude em­ploy­ment, nutri­tion, scope, farm­ing, prod­ucts and com­mu­nity value.

The project has been sup­ported by United Dairy­farm­ers of Vic­to­ria and runs through­out the school year’s third term.

John Hutchi­son, one of the ‘Paint­ing Daisy’ pro­gram man­agers, said that young stu­dents in years gone by had ei­ther lived on dairy farms and knew peo­ple in their fam­ily who pro­duced milk from cows.

“Through pro­gres­sive changes, es­pe­cially in tech­nol­ogy, the num­ber of dairy farms has de­creased, yet the size of the farms has in­creased,” Mr Hutchi­son said.

“Many stu­dents now have lit­tle or no knowl­edge of what hap­pens on these dairy farms, the smor­gas­bord of ca­reers avail­able in the in­dus­try or the im­pact of lo­cal in­dus­try on their com­mu­nity.

“The pro­gram is a great way to ed­u­cate ru­ral stu­dents about what hap­pens in their com­mu­nity and the im­por­tance of an in­dus­try that op­er­ates right on their doorstep.”

At the end of the pro­gram in Oc­to­ber, win­ning schools and stu­dent teams will be awarded $200 for ‘best painted cow’, $200 for ‘best good news story’ and $200 for ‘fun­ni­est class photo’.

COLOURED COWS: Dederang Pri­mary School stu­dents Johnny Gorka and Rowan Jones have been busy ‘Paint­ing Daisy’ – a United Dairy­farm­ers of Vic­to­ria-sup­ported project to build chil­dren’s aware­ness of dairy­ing and agri­cul­ture’s value.

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