CALVES SHINE A LIGHT ON DAIRY CAREERS FOR STUDENTS AT PLAYFORD INTERNATIONAL

For the first time in the school’s history, students will be a part of an Agricultural program as part of the year 8/9 Science courses. Cows Create Careers is a Farm Module run by Dairy Australia that aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a very hands-on way. Secondary students are educated by rearing two three-week-old calves at school and the school is provided with dairy industry curriculum for year 8 and year 9 classes, at no cost.

Since 2006 Dairy Australia has worked with thousands of students, teachers, farmers, industry advocates and communities through its investment into Cows Create Careers – Farm Module.

Dairy Australia’s Industry Capability Program Manager, Tracy Lloyd, said the program started in 2004 with dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club in Victoria and nine Gippsland schools. With support from Dairy Australia, Regional Development Programs, dairy farmers and sponsors, the program has now grown to over 245 schools across Australia with over 12,000 students expected to be involved in 2018.

“Cows Create Careers – Farm Module is a program that builds awareness of dairy industry careers – from teaching students about educational and vocational pathways, to profiling the diverse range of professional careers in the dairy industry,” said Ms Lloyd. “By bringing calves into schools, students have fun learning about the different skills required in the dairy industry.”

We are currently in the process of building the animal pen and shelter for the school (see picture). In the future we aim to get chickens, sheep and goats into the school.

Brittny Connaughton

Psychology and Agriculture Teacher

For more information about the cows create careers program, visit http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/People-and-skills/Education-and-careers/Secondary-School-Resources/Cows-Create-Careers/Farm-Module.aspx