Millers’ dairy calves in the classroom

Cute classmate: Margaret River SHS students get to grips with one of the calves on loan from Trish and Paul Miller. Photo: Supplied.

Cute classmate: Margaret River SHS students get to grips with one of the calves on loan from Trish and Paul Miller. Photo: Supplied.

Margaret River Senior High School students had the chance to get up close and personal with some cute local calves this month thanks to Millers Dairy and the Dairy Australia school program, Cows Create Careers.

The six week program focused on increasing student awareness of the dairy industry in a hands-on manner, allowing classmates to care for the calves while at school. 

This year eleven schools in the Busselton-Margaret River region took part in the program, which runs Australia-wide.

Dairy Australia’s Capability Program Manager Tracy Lloyd said the program had grown to over 230 schools across the country.

“Volunteers play a vital role in encouraging and supporting students and their career decision making,” Ms. Lloyd said.

“The program has dedicated volunteers who have knowledge of the industry and links to education and employment sectors.”

Locally, the project is funded by Western Dairy and receives additional support across the state from local companies, including dairy owners Paul and Trish Miller of Cowaramup, who loaned calves to the school. 

Upon completion of the program, students and teachers will be recognised at an event in June, where prizes are awarded to the winning schools and students.