Chil­dren’s art adds in­ter­est to calf club

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

En­tries are flood­ing in for LIC’s an­nual art com­pe­ti­tion for ru­ral chil­dren, as ru­ral schools and their dairy farm­ing fam­i­lies set their sights on en­tries which will win trea­sured iPads (for the school) and mo­bile calf feeder prizes (for the farm).

The farmer-owned co­op­er­a­tive is en­cour­ag­ing ru­ral chil­dren to send in art­work of the calf they are train­ing for up­com­ing Calf Club events and be in to win prizes – for them, their school and their par­ents.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Clare Bayly said it was one of the ways the coop sup­ported ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and im­por­tant time-hon­oured ru­ral events.

‘‘These days calf club is of­ten the one day in the year when ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties get to­gether – chil­dren, par­ents, grand­par­ents, teach­ers and the lo­cal community.

‘‘LIC is a long­time sup­porter and pro­moter of calf club, pro­vid­ing a web­site and re­sources to help chil­dren se­lect, train and show their calves. And we’ve gone one step fur­ther with an art com­pe­ti­tion, co spon­sored by Stal­lion Plas­tics, which en­cour­ages chil­dren to cre­ate a work of art which cap­tures their com­mit­ment and love for their calf.

‘‘Last year we re­ceived al­most 2000 en­tries, with some schools sub­mit­ting art from each and ev­ery one of their students – so we are re­ally ex­cited to see what we get this year.’’

Prizes range from a Stal­lion Plas­tics MG50S mo­bile calf feeder worth $3900, which goes to the dairy farm­ing par­ents of the child with the win­ning en­try, and three iPads do­nated by LIC which goes to the ru­ral school which sub­mits the most in­no­va­tive en­try.

Stal­lion Plas­tics chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Allen said Calf Club was about chil­dren tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity but as a par­ent him­self, he knew that they could not do it alone.

‘‘It may not al­ways seem like the coolest job but it pays off on the day when they can show their an­i­mal, be proud of their ef­forts and get recog­ni­tion of their hard work, and that goes for the par­ents too, who will have helped them with their train­ing and keep­ing the kids mo­ti­vated.

‘‘The feeder is their re­ward, so I look for­ward to de­liv­er­ing the prize later this year and mak­ing their next calv­ing sea­son a bit eas­ier,’’ Mr Allen said.

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