Learn­ing ru­ral lessons

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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.

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