For nine years, Dairy Australia has successfully worked with thousands of young Australian students, teachers, farmers, industry advocates and communities through its investment into a unique national program called Cows Create Careers – Farm Module involving over 180 schools each year.
Locally, NSW Dairy, Genetics Australia and IMB Community Foundation have continued to fund the support of the program in the South Coast, Central and Far Coast NSW regions and Murray Goulburn and Provico provide the calf meal and milk powder for program.
The project finales were held on Friday at Narooma Golf Club where prizes were awarded to the winning schools and students.
The winning team on the Far South Coast came from Eden Marine High School and consisted of students Hayden Ferencz, Dan Carton, Xiu Chen Han, Beau McConnell, Regina Stewart and Brooke Boulais.
Dairy Australia’s Program Manager – Industry Capability, Tracy Lloyd said the program was initiated by dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club in Victoria with a handful of Gippsland schools back in 2004.
“What was needed was a program that could grab young people’s attention at many learning levels and somehow showcase the profile and diversity of careers in the dairy industry,” said Ms Lloyd.
“We found bringing calves into schools is a great way to engage students - they simply have great fun studying and love physically interacting with them.”
Cows Create Careers is designed to demonstrate the relationships between key learning areas in school, educational and vocational pathways, and real life professional, competitively paid dairy careers.
It runs as a six week project in each participating school, and provides two sets of curriculum material for junior years 7 and 8 and senior years 9 to 11.
There are 25 schools in the South Coast, Central and Far Coast NSW Regions including Eden Marine High School, Moruya High School, Narooma High School.
Each year the program’s material is revised to ensure that it complements national and state curriculum standards, and incorporates student, teacher and industry feedback to keep it fresh and relevant. For example, dairy work experience through the Farm Module; as well as the Manufacturing Module, the Camembert in the Classroom Module, and film making components such as the Moo’in Transfer and MooTube Moovies.
The program has gained huge support from dairy farmers and industry advocates across Australia, and last year alone they volunteered 1,162 hours of their time to 7,284 students across 22 Australian dairying regions.
“They have a deep knowledge of the industry, and play a vital role in encouraging and supporting student career decision making through links with both education and employment sectors,” said Ms Lloyd.
For more information, visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au/education-and-careers/secondary -school-resources or please contact John Hutchison or Deanne Kennedy on 0412 368 739 (J) or 0419 878 055 (D) or email email@example.com