On the last day of term, the 'TAP into Cows Create Careers' students visited two farms to enhance their understanding of caring for calves and farm layout. At Cossack Farm they investigated large scale calf rearing facilities where the calves were housed in pens with pine chips as the base & solid pen dividers as per Zoe's advice to restrict the potential spread of disease among the calves. At the Powell's family farm, Andy, Kieran & James Maxwell from WCB explained the history and development of the farm which proudly boasted the first rotary dairy built in the district. Students studied the farm map, learnt the importance of good lane ways for cow flow and preventing lameness & Andy demonstrated the importance of accurate farm records & herd management on his computer system.
One of the Grade 5 students, Jordyn Scott prepared this update for the Junior School Assembly.
Grade 5 have had a great time looking after their 3 Pekin ducklings. They were in the brooder box but now they will be in the duck hut. They will still have a heat lamp but are not allowed in the run, at least for another week. When they are older, they will be allowed in the run an the Grade 5's will make the pen like duck paradise. We will have a lot of fun looking after these beautiful animals.
Our ABC Heywire Year 7/8 TRACTA unit has begun their investigation and filming of diverse local people and businesses working in the Agriculture industry. Students visited Timboon Ice Cream where they conducted interviews and captured footage for their first feature film. A big thank to Tim Marwood and Caroline Simmons (thanks for also providing a bonus ice cream).
The Cows Create Careers class were lucky to have Zoe Vogels from the Timboon Vet Group visit their class. Zoe taught the students and staff about cow and calf digestion, things to look out for and tips for caring for the calves next term. They also had fun seeing the different shapes and features of common bacteria and viruses with Zoe's toy bugs. Thank-you Zoe