School calf club tradition continues
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.