STUDENTS from St Virgil’s College have begun their journey of “calving” out a career in dairy after receiving awards for competing in the Cows Create Careers – Farm Module program.
Over three weeks the students completed the innovative Dairy Australia project, which aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a very hands-on way – students rear and care for two three-week-old calves at their school.
Each school is provided with dairy industry curriculum, at no cost.
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.
As the culmination of the project, 60 excited students and teachers from four schools attended the high-energy presentation event at New Town to conclude the Hobart TAS region, with another event held in Launceston covering the north of the state.
Sally Roberts, Lead – People at Dairy Australia, said it was 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.
“It is great to see enthusiastic students getting involved and learning about the industry, while making important connections with their local dairy community.
“The Presentation Day is a great way to reward and celebrate the students’ and schools’ dedication to the project.”
Locally, the project is funded by Dairy Tas and receives additional support across the state from local companies Maxum Animal Nutrition, Roberts, Dasco, Daviesway, Skellerup and Peach Teats, which have continued to support the project in the Launceston and Hobart regions.
For more information, visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/people/dairy-education-and-careers.
Caption: First prize winners, St Virgil’s College students Blair Manton, left, and Campbell Hills. Second prize winners, St Virgil’s College students Kaidel Wilson, left, and River Smith.