Shepparton News - Country News - - FRONT PAGE - By Ge­off Adams

. . . Sec­ondary stu­dents have been rais­ing calves and learn­ing about the dairy in­dus­try in a pro­gram to stim­u­late in­ter­est in dairy ca­reers. The pro­gram came to a head in a pre­sen­ta­tion day in Shep­par­ton last week. Notre Dame Year 9 stu­dents Emma Gorse, Olivia King and Alex Loe check out a three­d­i­men­sional model made as part of the Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers pro­gram.

Sec­ondary stu­dents stud­ied, com­peted, laughed and cheered their way through the last day of an in­ter­ac­tive pro­gram de­signed to stim­u­late in­ter­est in a ca­reer in the dairy in­dus­try.

About 200 stu­dents from north­ern Vic­to­ria and south­ern Rive­rina got to­gether in Shep­par­ton last week for the fi­nal day of the Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers pro­gram, which had an em­pha­sis on ac­tiv­i­ties.

Yanco Agri­cul­tural High School was the over­all win­ner of the 2017 pro­gram, while Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege and Moama Angli­can Gram­mar School were the two team win­ners.

Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers is a Dairy Aus­tralia pro­gram that aims to in­crease the aware­ness of dairy in­dus­try ca­reers in a hands-on way. Sec­ondary stu­dents rear two three­week-old calves at school and the school is pro­vided with dairy in­dus­try cur­ricu­lum for Years 7 and 8 and Years 9 to 11, at no cost.

The pre­sen­ta­tion day recog­nised schools from north-east and north­ern Vic­to­ria and south­ern Rive­rina re­gions that had com­pleted the pro­gram, in­clud­ing Galen Catholic Col­lege in Wan­garatta, Corowa High School, Koorin­gal High School (Wagga Wagga), Notre Dame Col­lege (Shep­par­ton), Hay War Me­mo­rial High School, Moama Angli­can Gram­mar School, Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege, Barham High School, McGuire Col­lege (Shep­par­ton), Yanco Agri­cul­tural High School, Fin­ley High School, Coleam­bally Cen­tral School, Nu­murkah Sec­ondary Col­lege, Kerang Tech­ni­cal High School, Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege, Catholic Col­lege Bendigo, Co­huna Sec­ondary Col­lege, Boort Dis­trict School and Kyabram P-12 Col­lege.

Since 2006, Dairy Aus­tralia has worked with thou­sands of stu­dents, teach­ers, farm­ers, in­dus­try ad­vo­cates and com­mu­ni­ties through its in­vest­ment in the Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers Farm Mo­d­ule.

Dairy Aus­tralia’s De­vel­op­ment Farm Profit and Ca­pa­bil­ity pro­gram man­ager Sally Roberts said Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers started in 2004 with dairy farm­ers in the Strz­elecki Lions Club and nine Gipp­s­land schools.

With sup­port from Dairy Aus­tralia, re­gional de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, dairy farm­ers and spon­sors, the pro­gram has now grown to more than 245 schools across Aus­tralia with more than 12 000 stu­dents ex­pected to be in­volved in 2017.

Last year vol­un­teers gave 2540 hours of their time across 23 Aus­tralian dairy­ing re­gions.

In this re­gion, the project is funded by Mur­ray Dairy and re­ceives sup­port from Reid Stock­feeds, UDV (Goul­burn Cam­paspe Dairy Farm­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust Inc), Na­tional Cen­tre for Dairy Ed­u­ca­tion, Dairy Farm­ers Milk Co-op­er­a­tive, Par­malat, ProviCo, Devon­dale Mur­ray Goul­burn, MG Trad­ing, Peach Teats, Dasco, Daviesway and Skellerup.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Pic­tures: Julie Mercer

On the buzzer . . . Yanco Agri­cul­tural High School stu­dent Cameron Fer­gu­son works on a com­pe­ti­tion with teacher Stu­art McVit­tie.

Win­ning team . . . Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege team win­ners (front, from left) Bradley Warner, Kyle Wa­ters, Jes­sica Hork­ings and Stephanie Crouch with (back, from left) Graeme Talarico, Ni­cole Sloper, Sally Roberts, Jenny Reuther and Shane Hell­wege.

Ca­reers coun­selling . . . Fin­ley High School stu­dents (front, from left) Zak Sa­tore, Ray­mond Sut­ton and Ge­or­gia Con­gram with (back, from left) Graeme Talarico, Ni­cole Sloper, Sally Roberts, Jenny Reuther and Shane Hell­wege.

Good team­work . . . Team win­ners from Moama Angli­can Gram­mar are stu­dents Vin­cent McLin­don, Harper Col­luso, Noah Re­tal­lick and teacher Danielle Gar­den.

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