Learning rural lessons
Katunga Primary School students have been given a taste of agriculture, with a Paddock to Plate day held last week allowing them to learn more about dairy and livestock.
Principal Scott McKenzie said the day helped the school’s 85 students to build upon the information they had learned in their Paddock to Plate unit.
Organised with the assistance of Paul Stammers, a school parent and dairy farmer, students were able to spend time with five calves, a pig and lambs following a talk with Mr Stammers.
Focusing on calves, cows, milking, feeding and milk quality, Mr McKenzie said the information offered by Mr Stammers helped students to gain a bit of an insight into the work that goes into producing the milk in their fridge.
‘‘(Paul) actually went to school here 20 years ago and he said when he was here then the families were 80 per cent rural and 20 per cent lived in town,’’ Mr McKenzie said.
‘‘These days it’s the other way . . . So some students haven’t had that exposure to the rural side.’’
Students from Years 4 to 6 have spent the year learning about every stage of the paddock to plate process, from growing grass and grain to getting food from the paddock, and Mr McKenzie said there was potential to expand the program further.
Confident . . . Students quickly learned the ropes, feeding and handling the calves.
Favourites . . . The lambs were a big hit with the students, who enjoyed feeding them.
Enjoying the day . . . Katunga Primary School students Aaron Watters (left) and Harry Ryan get up close to a calf.
Lunch time . . . Katunga Primary School parent and dairy farmer Paul Stammers, who helped organise the event, enjoys some lunch served by student Logan Seymour.