There was great excitement among students from Skillset Senior College earlier this week when two, seven week old jersey calves were delivered to our school.

The calves, belonging to a local farmer from Canowindra, are part of Dairy Australia’s innovative program ‘Cows Create Careers’ Farm Module. Delivered across 23 dairying regions, the program aims to encourage young people to consider a career in the dairy industry.

Rearing the three-week-old calves at school is at the heart of the program. “Students will be required to feed the calves twice a day, as well as look after and monitor them to help instill an appreciation of what is required to keep livestock healthy” said Mark, Skillset Senior College’s Agriculture teacher. “It also hopes to showcase the Dairy industry as a real and potential career avenue” he added.

Students also complete theoretical modules, are introduced to vocational and university pathways and learn about the linkages between educational and employment sectors. The ‘Cow’s Create Careers’ program kicked off in 2004 and is now offered in over 200 schools, with nearly 12,000 students participating each year.

Abbey Barrett, Manager for Education at Skillset Senior College said “the students just light up when they come in contact with animals. This is such an innovative program and we are so pleased that our students are so keen to participate. One of the calves is already known as Princess. Not sure what the second calf will be called just yet but I’m sure we won’t have long to wait.”

Princess and her calf mate will call Skillset Senior College home for the next three weeks.