During the second part of the Cows Create Careers visit, at Powell’s farm, Andy described to the students the workings of his rotary dairy & his computer system which enabled him to keep accurate farm records & treat individual cows. He outlined the use of technology & management systems he had in place to ensure his cows were fully fed, the annual production for the farm & demonstrated the importance of good farm layout & tracks.
In the wake of the publicity generated by the Landline story, orders have come in for some corrugated cows & a sheep, place your orders for an original bovine…Our Year 11 VCE Product, Technology and Design students have also been taking orders for cow sculptures & have produced a cow & her calf which proudly greet visitors at Apostle Whey Cheese, thanks Julian & Dianne!
Following the cow nutrition lesson with Andy & James, Zoe Vogels from The Vet Group visited the Cows Create Careers class to provide an overview of cow/calf digestion in preparation for our 2 calves next term. She explained about the importance of vigilance to check that our calves have consistent feeding times & rates, clean bedding, good air circulation & that general hygiene is maintained. Taking these measures, & often checking the calves’ “Eyes, ears, nose & tail”, would mean that we would avoid seeing evidence of the toy bacteria & virus bugs that Zoe circulated around the class.
As part of the TAP initiative to ‘tap’ into our community, as well as to demonstrate their cooking prowess, the Year 7/8 Food Tech “Best in Show” class entered their cupcakes into the Heytesbury Show. Our students entered the “Junior Cookery, children 10-13 years, iced & decorated small cakes section” & we must congratulate Brydie Foote who was awarded 2nd place while Olivia Dwyer placed 3rd. Thanks to Mrs Devlin & all participants, they look scrumptious!
The Year 7/8 Cows Create Careers students welcomed Andy Powell & James Maxwell (WCB) into their classroom to outline the importance of fully feeding cows during the various stages of a cow’s lactation. The students learnt about the role of starch & fibre in a cow’s diet, categorized food types, worked out balanced rations for a milking cow including DM (Dry Matter intake) & compared that to our diet including the nutritional value of Weetbix.