Students calve out a career in dairy industry

Kings of the cows: Heidy Fleming, 12, Jorja McNaughton, 13, and Molly Rhyne, 12, were joint first-prize winners of the Cows Create Careers program.
Kings of the cows: Heidy Fleming, 12, Jorja McNaughton, 13, and Molly Rhyne, 12, were joint first-prize winners of the Cows Create Careers program.

The Cows Create Careers school program aims to showcase the dairy industry, and for at least one Warrnambool student it has made an impression.

Despite living on a dairy farm, King’s College student Heidy Fleming said she wasn’t interested in cows until she started working on the program.

After three-weeks of looking after two three-week-old calves called Winston and Joel at school, Heidy now has her own calf to rear at home.

Heidy’s team was joint winner of the junior school competition, along with a Timboon P-12 School team. King’s College also took out the overall school prize at a presentation day on Thursday.

Teacher Melisa Champness said that as well as feeding, measuring and checking on the health of the calves, the program stretched across all subjects including maths, science and media.

About 150 students from 21 schools across the south-west attended the event in Warrnambool where they played industry-based games.

The Dairy Australia project aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a hands-on way, and each school is provided with dairy industry curriculum. 

Joint first-prize winners from Timboon P-12 School receive their award from dairy industry representatives.

Joint first-prize winners from Timboon P-12 School receive their award from dairy industry representatives.

Dairy Australia workforce development program manager Sally Roberts said it was encouraging to see students passionate about Cows Create Careers and Australia’s dairy industry. 

“It is great to see enthusiastic students getting involved and learning about the industry, while making important connections with their local dairy community,” she said.

The overall winning school, King's College.

The overall winning school, King's College.