We are looking forward to celebrating our Annual School Agricultural Day during the first week of Term 4, on Thursday 15th October.
On this day our school will be open to our community, family and friends to celebrate our children’s achievements and our agricultural heritage.
We are very excited to be welcoming calves back this year, and also creating a new section for Ponies! Further details to come on Pony entrant criteria.
To enable our whole school to be involved in the day, all students will have the opportunity to bring an animal, a caged pet or our students who do not choose to bring an animal, will compete in the ‘Horticultural Happenings’ activities, which will be notified closer to the time.
Having the opportunity to rear a pet is very special. The skills and hard work put in to raise and care for a live animal are also a great way of learning very important life skills and responsibility.
If you are new to Ag Day, welcome! There are a number of resources and information leaflets that can be picked up from our school reception or local vets.
How to enter an Animal for Ag Day
Each child that wishes to enter an animal into Ag Day will need to complete an entry form, which can be collected from the School Office. Entry forms will need to be returned by the end of Term 3 to allow for all the data to be entered and ribbons to be ordered.
We will be holding an Animal Demo and Judges Visit day during Week 8 of Term 3, to give advice on how to look after the animals and prepare for Ag Day. All children entering animals should attend and parents are also welcome.
A Free Animal Health Check day for lambs, goats and calves is also kindly offered by one of our Sponsors, Cambridge Vets, where they will offer free vaccinations and tail docking. The date for this will be September 12th (Saturday) 9-10am in the TCC carpark.
Children are also encouraged to keep a “Pet Diary” with details about their Pet’s breed, date of birth, feeding and health details. It is up to the child as to what they choose to submit for this, there is no set criteria. This year children have two options: the first being a hard copy notebook, clear file etc. The second is to create a google slide pet diary. You can click on this link to view an example.
Pet Diaries will need to be submitted for judging at the end of the term.
If you do not already have your own animals, then we have the following contacts available:
Contact Amy Beech 021 542 547
Amy will be offering lambs to be raised, available from mid-August through to October, however the sooner people get in touch with her the better. Lambs are $65 each, then this money is refunded on the return of a weaned, healthy lamb after Ag day. Amy is also able to offer advice on rearing.
Contact Roger Duncan 021 929 163
Roger (and his wife Karen) will be offering calves for sale (not to be returned to farm), they are also available to offer advice, and can sell feed/colostrum etc to assist with the raising of the calf as required.
Unfortunately our previous contact for goats does not have any kids available this year. If any parents know of anyone in the community we would love to hear from you.
Eureka Poultry Farm will be able to supply 7 week old Hyline chicks for anyone that wants to raise a chicken. Cost is $24 per chick and they will be available from 9th September. They will be feathered and old enough to go in a cage outside. Will need to keep an eye on them if the weather turns cold.
Maria at Eureka Poultry Farm will be arranging a day for the chicks to be dropped off and picked up from school.
We will also be having a section for “Show chickens” this year, if children have a special chicken which they would like to bring to show.
A caged pet is an animal that is happy to be caged, so no cats or dogs please, Any questions as to whether it is appropriate please ask your classroom teacher.
As this is a new section this year, further details on entrant criteria and judging categories will be provided shortly.
Trophy Return: Can we please ask that all 2019 trophies now be returned to the school office as soon as possible.
This day could not be achieved without our sponsors and parent helpers. If you have a local business who wishes to sponsor any prizes, or are available to help out our Ag Day committee in anyway please contact:
Frances McKenzie (021 206 9451) email@example.com
or Rachel Algar (020 422 6711) firstname.lastname@example.org