Animals put best hooves forward
It is time again for an annual country favourite.
Nor-west schools are preparing for Agriculture Day or Calf Club where students display how well they have trained their farm animals.
Ribbons and trophies are the rewards, and pride in friendships with pets like calves, lambs, goats and dogs. There is also the collection of foliage, wood and shells for classroom crafts and displays, and homemade goodies.
The rural ritual encourages children to take an active interest in the welfare and presentation of animals.
Farm improvement company LIC strongly supports New Zealand's dairy, beef, deer and sheep industries and recognises there are young farmers who work hard each year to select, prepare and show young animals at these school events.
Waimauku School starts off the nor-west school ag days on October 19.
The event from 9am to 3pm features new displays like Auckland Council exhibitions, alpacas, bees and honey for sale, spinning and cupcake demonstrations.
There are competitions including Young Farmers and the judging of calves, lambs, goats, dogs and other small pets starts at 10am with classroom displays open for viewing from lunchtime.
There will be raffles, food and drink stalls and prizegiving caps off the day.
View calfclub.co.nz for Ag Day/Calf Club information and guidelines.
● October 26 Helensville School during the afternoon/evening. Livestock animals, food stalls, classroom displays, side shows and Young Farmers contest.
● October 27 Coatesville School from 10am, Kaukapakapa School from 8.30am, Parakai School, Waioneke School from 9am, Waitoki School from 10am with POP Youth Art contest, silent auction and stalls, Woodhill School from 9am.