Drouin and Poowong teams win cow awards

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Drouin Sec­ondary Col­lege and Poowong Con­sol­i­dated School were ma­jor prize win­ners in the Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers farm mod­ule.

More than 260 stu­dents and teach­ers from Gipp­s­land were recog­nised at pre­sen­ta­tion days last week, with lo­cal schools com­ing out on top.

Drouin Sec­ondary Col­lege had teams place third and first in the se­nior sec­tion to win best se­nior school, while Poowong Con­sol­i­dated School con­tin­ued their suc­cess in the pro­gram to also se­cure a third and first place fin­ish for best ju­nior school.

Other lo­cal schools to take part in the farm mod­ule in­cluded War­ragul Re­gional Col­lege and Nilma Pri­mary School.

Stu­dents com­pleted an in­no­va­tive project over a pe­riod of three weeks, rear­ing two three­week-old calves at their school.

A lo­cal dairy farmer teaches the stu­dents how to care for the calves, while an in­dus­try ad­vo­cate vis­its the stu­dents to speak about their ca­reer in the dairy in­dus­try. Stu­dents are re­quired to form teams to com­plete as­sess­ments based on the dairy in­dus­try.

Dairy Aus­tralia pro­gram man­ager work­force de­vel­op­ment Sally Roberts said it is en­cour­ag­ing to see sec­ondary stu­dents pas­sion­ate about Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers and Aus­tralia’s vi­brant dairy in­dus­try.

“The aim of Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers is to in­crease the stu­dents’ aware­ness of the di­ver­sity of ed­u­ca­tional path­ways and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia’s dairy in­dus­try,” she said.

“Through the project, stu­dents learn about the dif­fer­ent skills re­quired in the dairy in­dus­try in a fun and hands-on way.”

Cows Cre­ate Ca­reers was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished in 2004 with dairy farm­ers in the Strz­elecki Lions Club in Vic­to­ria and nine Gipp­s­land schools.

Since 2006 the project has been sup­ported by Dairy Aus­tralia, re­gional de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, dairy farm­ers and spon­sors. It has now grown to 244 schools across Aus­tralia with 13,163 stu­dents com­plet­ing the project in 2017.

Last year alone 466 vol­un­teers gave 2330 hours of their time across 23 Aus­tralian dairy­ing re­gions.

Lo­cally, the project is funded by Gipp­sDairy and re­ceives ad­di­tional sup­port across the state from lo­cal com­pa­nies and Shire coun­cils.

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