Calf Club ad­vice for chil­dren avail­able on­line

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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