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MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS: The Cathedral College student Karlie Trebbin feeds one of the calves at the school.
MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS: The Cathedral College student Karlie Trebbin feeds one of the calves at the school. Contributed

THE CATHEDRAL College agriculture students are taking to raising dairy calves like ducks to water.

As part of the Cows Create Careers program, students of TCC, Rockhampton State High, Rockhampton Girls' Grammar and Rockhampton Grammar schools were linked with local dairy producers, who provided four-week-old dairy calves for them to look after.

The Cathedral College took home the overall prize and won the senior section. Dean of Science and agriculture co-ordinator Salena McBride said the students had been in charge of feeding and watering the two calves for three weeks.

"They just loved it. When you've got animals on site and they're baby animals, kids learn tenderness and affection," she said.

"There's a mix of kids from off the land and from town. The students had to mix up the milk ration, measure and weigh them and do health checks each day."

The program has gained huge support from dairy farmers and industry advocates. Last year alone, they volunteered 1162 hours of their time to 7284 students across 22 Australian dairying regions.

She said the program had made an impact on the group of 18 Year 10 students. "I think there'll be a few who will stay with agriculture," Ms McBride said.

Owners of the calves, the Clews of Rossmoya, visited the students to talk with them about the dairy industry and the students are hoping to visit Betsy and Daisy on their farm this term.

Topics:  agricultural education agricultural studies dairy


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