COWS are shining a light on the dairy industry in the Highlands.
This is the first year Chevalier College has taken part in the Cows Create Careers program.
The Year 10 agricultural class will look after two baby calves donated from the Schofield dairy in Avoca for three weeks.
As part of the program, which is also a competition run by Dairy Australia, students feed the calves in the morning and afternoon, submit a scientific report, create a movie or model, write a letter and take a funny photo with the calves.
The program started in 2004.
Chevalier teacher Hayley Mahoney, who runs the program at the school, said it was a great way for students to understand different aspects of the industry.
“We look at different careers that isn’t just a typical dairy farmer,” she said.
“We look at outside careers such as business in terms of banking or fencing contractors or vets.
“Then there’s on the farm (jobs) like your milkers, truck drivers and farm workers.”
Ms Mahoney said the students would be judged on how well they could write the letter as well as on the movie or model.
Year 10 student Kate Defina said she had enjoyed the program.
“I’ve found it really good because you get to learn about different aspects of the dairy industry and how everything works,” she said.
“I’ve found it really helpful.
Ms Mahoney said the calves would be collected later this month and the students had showed plenty of enthusiasm.
“They’ve all turned up on time in the morning and afternoon to feed them so they mist be enjoying it,” she said.
The calves have been in the students’ care for the past week and will return home later this month.
A presentation finale will be held in October where prizes will be awarded to the winning schools and students.