At the Kaipara schools’ annual pet days this year calves were not included, as a precaution for the potential spread of Mycoplasma bovis, so students with calves at home were able to video themselves raising and caring for their pets.
The videos were submitted to judges who could see how well the students reared and trained their pet, to have it well turned out for judging day.
For children with lambs and goats, they brought their pets to school for judging, where the animals were assessed for looks and performance. The champions in each category will go on to compete against other schools outside the Kaipara district.
The main purpose of pet days is to encourage children to take an interest in animal welfare and learn how to present their animal for a community day at their school. An animal is chosen when about one week old and then reared and taught to lead by the children.
Byron Long, Gemma Kiihfuss, Nia Tierney and Zavior Nobilo from
Tangowahine School with their pet lambs
Alex Hall from Dargaville Primary School was awarded Junior Champion Goat
Brock Biddles from Te Kopuru School won Junior Champion and
Champion of Champion Lamb