M. bo­vis fears mean only vir­tual calves at club day

The Northern Advocate - - Local News -

Real calves weren’t on show at the Whanga¯rei Group Calf Club’s an­nual Cen­tral Day at Barge Park Show­grounds be­cause of My­coplasma bo­vis fears.

In­stead, calf rear­ers among the 100-plus chil­dren from 18 schools who took part on Thurs­day dis­played “vir­tual” calves in pho­to­graphs and were ques­tioned by the judges about how they raised and trained their an­i­mals. Other young­sters showed real lambs and goats.

Club chair­man Dean Adams said calves couldn’t be shown to help pre­vent the spread of M. bo­vis, which had been con­firmed on one North­land farm. But, Adams said, the ab­sence of calves didn’t de­ter the en­thu­si­asm of the young breed­ers.

“The fact we had so many en­tries into the com­pe­ti­tion shows that the young peo­ple still put a lot of value in this.”

Al­to­gether there were 81 lambs, 17 goats and four vir­tual calves.

■ Re­sults and more pho­tos from the day will be in the Coun­try on Thurs­day.

Maun­gat­a­pere stu­dent Carter Hansen has a swag of rib­bons, and a lamb lead­ing tro­phy, thanks to his lamb Tuffy.

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