Students swap classroom for cattle ring

SCHOOL STEWARDS: Nowra High students Gemma Thompson, Alice Lauder and Cara Haupt. Photo: ROBERT CRAWFORD.
SCHOOL STEWARDS: Nowra High students Gemma Thompson, Alice Lauder and Cara Haupt. Photo: ROBERT CRAWFORD.

A group of Nowra High School pupils swapped the classroom for the cattle ring at the 2017 Nowra Show. 

Year-10 agricultural students Gemma Thompson, Alice Lauder and Cara Haupt took part in the dairy cattle judging on Friday morning.

“We have been stewarding for the cattle competition and handing out ribbons to the winners,” Miss Lauder said.

The three teenagers were part of a larger group which took part in a dairy industry project Cows Create Careers last year. 

The competition, which was delivered to 23 dairying regions across Australia, was designed to promote dairy and funded by Dairy Australia.

“Last year we entered the Cows Create Careers competition, which is run throughout the whole of Australia for schools to enter teams,” Miss Haupt said.

As part of the project we created a cover of the YMCA song, called ‘Have Dairy In Your Day’ and we ended up winning.”

The class was given real-life experience with dairy cattle as part of the project.

“We were given two dairy calves to take care of for two weeks,” Miss Haupt said.

“We designed a scientific investigation around them, we had to manage their weight and health and watch them grow, it was a really fun experience.”

The school group gained further agricultural experience by entering beef cattle in the show on Saturday.