Web­site of­fers help in pick­ing a calf club pet

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

It’s calv­ing time and that means chil­dren all around New Zealand are mak­ing some very im­por­tant de­ci­sions on which one they would like to take to calf club.

Livestock Im­prove­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (LIC) com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Clare Bayly said there were a num­ber of things to con­sider when choos­ing a calf but hav­ing a friendly na­ture and size were the first.

“If a calf takes a spe­cial shin­ing to the child then that’s al­ways a good start but prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion is its size, to en­sure the calf won’t get too big to han­dle,’’ she said.

Ms Bayly said there were other traits to look out for such as colour, body shape, skin and hair, and health which is all out­lined a spe­cial web­site de­vel­oped by the co­op­er­a­tive – calf­club.co.nz.

“Many young farm­ers work hard each year to se­lect, pre­pare and show an an­i­mal at their lo­cal event.

“The web­site calf­club.co.nz pro­vides them with a sim­ple guide for this, and al­though the par­ents or farmer will have the fi­nal say in which an­i­mal is best, it’s good for the child to learn about what makes a good calf, and how they can choose the right one for them.

“The web­site ex­plains it all, and it may just en­cour­age a first step into a suc­cess­ful farm­ing ca­reer.”

LIC has also writ­ten to more than 1000 schools en­cour­ag­ing them to make use of the web­site with their students and also add their event to the cal­en­dar on the web­site so lo­cal staff of the co-op­er­a­tive can at­tend.

Reg­is­tra­tions are pour­ing in from all over the coun­try, Ms Bayly said.

“Calf club is a ru­ral tradition in New Zealand and al­though it tends to be known as livestock or pet day now, the ob­jec­tive and pop­u­lar­ity of the events re­mains in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“Many adults to­day, in the city or coun­try, look back with nos­tal­gia on the fun they had, ei­ther as chil­dren or par­ents, at calf club.

‘‘The web­site pro­vides the kids with the an­swers they need so they can then ap­ply that learn­ing in the pad­dock with their pets.

‘‘LIC staff also get a huge amount of sat­is­fac­tion and have lots of fun at­tend­ing their lo­cal and much loved community events,’’ she said.

The web­site also in­cludes en­try de­tails for the co-op­er­a­tive’s an­nual calf club art com­pe­ti­tion, which ru­ral chil­dren are en­cour­aged to en­ter with art­work of their calf.

Prizes in­clude iPads for the best school, calf care ham­pers and a Stal­lion mo­bile calf feeder val­ued at $3900.

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