Children to get tips on calf selection at Fieldays event

Last updated 12:40 12/06/2012

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Children will have the chance to learn about stockmanship and how to choose a calf for Calf Club at this week's National Fieldays at Mystery Creek Events Centre in Waikato.

Hamilton-based dairy genetics co-operative LIC will have an area for rural children at its Fieldays site.

LIC spokeswoman Clare Bayly said children were the future of farming, and Calf Club was often their entry point into a career in agriculture.

"Many young farmers work very hard each year to select, prepare and show an animal at their local event. We've had feedback from children and parents asking for more information about how to choose a calf, because there is a lot to consider – from the size of the child to the animal's breed, build and temperament." With calving not far away, children would soon be looking to choose their animals.

She said although parents or farmers would have the final say, it was good for children to learn what made a good calf.

"Our simple guide at the Fieldays will explain it all, and it may just encourage a first step into a successful farming career."

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