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Cows Create Careers

​The Year 9/10 Animal and Plant Production class had four dairy calves come to school on the 16 of May so we could learn more and experience more about the dairy industry.

We worked in small teams with one calf assigned to each team. We had to feed them every morning and night and weigh them before we fed them in the afternoon. I went to school early and left school late and was here most weekends, morning and night. I brushed them and talked to them. I happily helped anyone from the other groups in my class who needed help with the calves. If I needed to stay late at school I did and if I needed to come into school three times a day on the weekend I would. I would sit with them and brush their face if they were sick. If I could buy August, my calf, and take care of him until his last day I would in the blink of an eye. I would buy all four of them because I've grown to love them.

They left on the 6th of June and I was in tears so much that I had to leave early and I now know that I have to get a job with animals after my school years. We got some really funny and cute pictures of the teams and the calves. I hope I can have more experience like this next semester and next year. I would happily do this every morning and night for the rest of my life even though I hated getting up in the morning.

Niamh McDonald
Year 9