Stu­dents savour taste of dairy

Tasmanian Country - - CROSSWORD -

HUN­DREDS of stu­dents from across the state have been awarded cer­tifi­cates for com­plet­ing the Farm Mod­ule in the pop­u­lar Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers pro­gram.

More than 460 stu­dents at­tended pre­sen­ta­tion events in Ho­bart, Burnie and Launce­s­ton. This year’s pro­grams in­cluded about 21 schools and col­leges.

The pro­gram aims to in­crease the aware­ness of dairy in­dus­try ca­reers in a hands-on way.

The pro­gram in­volves stu­dents rear­ing two three-week- old calves at their 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 the re­gions that had com­pleted the pro­gram, in­clud­ing Ulver­stone High School, Burnie HS, Park­lands HS, Smith­ton HS, St Bren­dan Shaw Col­lege, La­trobe HS, Don Col­lege, Wyn­yard HS, Cir­cu­lar Head Chris­tian School, Yolla Dis­trict, Scotch Oak­burn Col­lege, Cressy Dis­trict HS, Brack­nell Pri­mary School, Launce­s­ton Church Gram­mar School, Delo­raine HS, St Mary’s Dis­trict School, Tas­man Dis­trict School, St Vir­gil’s Col­lege, Jor­dan River Learn­ing Fed­er­a­tion, Both­well Dis­trict HS and Do­minic Col­lege.

Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers — Farm Mod­ule is a Dairy Aus­tralia pro­gram.

Since 2006 Dairy Aus­tralia has worked with thou­sands of stu­dents, teach­ers, farm­ers, in­dus­try ad­vo­cates.

Dairy Aus­tralia’s De­vel­op­ment — Farm Profit and Ca­pa­bil­ity pro­gram Man­ager, Sally Roberts, said the pro­gram was started in 2004 and has now grown to in­volve more than 245 schools across Aus­tralia with 12,000 stu­dents.

“By bring­ing calves into schools, stu­dents have fun learn­ing about the dif­fer­ent skills re­quired in the dairy in­dus­try,” Ms Roberts said.

“Vol­un­teers play a vi­tal role in en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing stu­dent ca­reer de­ci­sion mak­ing.”

More in­for­ma­tion, www .dairyaus­tralia.com.au/farm/peo­ple/ dairy-ed­u­ca­tion-and­ca­reers.

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