Dig­i­tal op­tion planned for Ag Day

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A Hamil­ton school has found a way to keep the Re­gional School Ag Days tra­di­tion alive in the age of My­coplasma bo­vis dis­ease which saw calf move­ments banned.

Tama­here Model Coun­try School has come up with a new so­lu­tion for the fu­ture of Ag Days.

School prin­ci­pal Waveney Parker has out­lined the im­por­tance of the event for the chil­dren and that it helps con­nect the school with the coun­try’s farm­ing back­ground.

“We love our Ag Day, it’s a very im­por­tant part of our school cal­en­dar,” Parker said.

“The school will be of­fer­ing our own dig­i­tal op­tion for chil­dren with dairy and beef calves.

“There are a lot of chil­dren who are very pas­sion­ate about their calves and we don’t want them to lose that,” Parker said.

Chil­dren with calves com­pet­ing in the event will be part of a school pro­gramme where they will take videos and pho­tos of their calves and bring those along to the Ag Day.

Judges will then look at the videos and pho­tos as well as talk to the chil­dren about their calves and judge on the day.

Lambs and kids will still be a part of the Ag Day cel­e­bra­tions as well as pigs, chick­ens, and other pets some of the chil­dren will bring along. “There will still be a num­ber of an­i­mals at­tend­ing the event, so in or­der to min­imise any risk or spread of dis­ease we will be im­prov­ing our biose­cu­rity on the day.

“We will be hav­ing to step up our bio-se­cu­rity but we will have prac­tices in place so we can be pre­pared for that,” Parker said.

The day will also have other el­e­ments apart from an­i­mals where chil­dren can get in­volved in arts and crafts and be able to build their own scare­crow.

“It’s a great day to get the school in­volved in the com­mu­nity and ex­plore the wider range of wildlife.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Ge­or­gia Scott and her pig, Chip, at last year’s ag day at Tama­here Model Coun­try School.

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