School calf club tra­di­tion con­tin­ues

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By ADEN MILES

Weeks of prepa­ra­tion and train­ing came to fruition ear­lier this month when Te Waotu School held its calf club day.

Once a year calf club days are held through­out ru­ral New Zealand. Chil­dren choose and rear their pets in the lead-up to the big day.

Te Waotu School Calf Club Day was held on Oc­to­ber 14 and up to 70 stu­dents com­peted with their pet lambs, calves and goats.

Prin­ci­pal Bruce Dar­roch said calf clubs are a huge tra­di­tion in coun­try schools.

‘‘While the day is a lot of fun there is the com­pet­i­tive side to it,‘‘ he said.

The chil­dren have to make a huge com­mit­ment to their pets over a six-to eight-week pe­riod.’’

COME ON: Four-year-old Eleanor Bur­goyne-Smith’s calf was not co-op­er­a­tive.

FOL­LOW ME: Maia Car­nachan leads her goat.

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