Farm safety re­places calf and lamb day

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

There wasn’t a lamb or calf to be seen, but the kids at Toko School had a blast dur­ing last week’s Agri Day.

The school can­celled its much loved an­nual calf and lamb day due to the threat of the bac­te­rial dis­ease My­coplasma bo­vis. In­stead, stu­dents learnt about farm safety and par­tic­i­pated in range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing an agri­cul­tural ob­sta­cle course, wa­ter run, egg and-spoon race and touch rugby.

School prin­ci­pal Kim Waite says the school was grate­ful busi­ness and or­gan­i­sa­tions had of­fered their time to at­tend and speak to groups of stu­dents dur­ing the day.

Red Cross at­tended to teach farm first aid, Taranaki Vets taught biose­cu­rity and the Stratford High School Year 10 agri­cul­tural class hosted a se­ries of fun agri­cul­tural games. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cooks Honda and Field Torque Trac­tors spoke to the stu­dents about mo­tor­bike and trac­tor safety and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jono Er­wood, of Stratford Po­lice, also spoke about safety.

Kim says the stu­dents were dis­ap­pointed that calf and lamb day was can­celled as it was such a loved tra­di­tion.

“It’s a tra­di­tion dear to their hearts. We will be think­ing about what we will be do­ing mov­ing for­ward in the com­ing years.”

Con­sta­ble Jono Er­wood, of Stratford Po­lice, talks to Toko School stu­dents about keep­ing safe dur­ing the school’s Agri Day last Wed­nes­day.

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