Calf Club advice for children available online
With calving now in full swing on farms all over the country, many children will be making a big decision about which one they will take to Calf Club – and help is just a click away with a special website developed by farmerowned co-operative LIC a decade ago.
LIC communications manager Clare Bayly said there are a number of things to consider when choosing a calf, and everything children need to know is online at calfclub.co.nz.
‘‘Since it was first launched in 2003, www.calfclub.co.nz has won acclaim as a reliable source of information on the selection, training and showing of calves for a wide range of groups, and thousands of students visit the site each year,’’ Ms Bayly said.
‘‘Teachers and parents simply don’t always have the time needed to be there when their children have questions about their calves or lambs.
‘‘The website provides the kids with the answers they need, at their fingertips, and they can then apply that learning in the paddock with their pets.’’
The farmer-owned co-operative has written to rural schools throughout the country, encouraging them to make use of the website with their students and to add their event so LIC staff can attend and present a special champion ribbon.
‘‘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 remain in rural communities,’’ Ms Bayly said.
‘‘The events not only celebrate the special bond that develops between children and young animals but also help to foster life-long values such as motivation, commitment, responsibility and compassion
‘‘Many adults today look back with nostalgia on the fun they had, either as children or parents, at Calf Club – and LIC staff also get a huge amount of satisfaction from attending their local events.’’
The website also includes information for the co-operative’s annual Calf Club art competition for rural primary schools and children with calves.
Prizes include iPads, calf care hampers and a Stallion mobile feeder worth $6500.
Entries close on October 14.
Our new friends: Sarai and Kelsey Gold with their pets Freckles and Molly.