Blakebrook Primary School students with their art-covered dairy cow (clockwise, from top) Macauley Smith, 12, Aiden Weir, 12, Sam Weir, 10, Lucas Mircev-Cox, 9, and Anton Metekingi, 9.
Blakebrook Primary School students with their art-covered dairy cow (clockwise, from top) Macauley Smith, 12, Aiden Weir, 12, Sam Weir, 10, Lucas Mircev-Cox, 9, and Anton Metekingi, 9.

Classroom cow teaches nutrition

WHEN it comes to feeling your best, these Blakebrook Primary School students now understand the importance of milk in their diet.

Under a recent program developed by Dairy Australia, primary schools around the district researched everything from how to make home-made butter to figuring out which minerals and vitamins are contained in dairy products.

And to finish off the project, each school was given a fibreglass cow to paint as they pleased.

Program director John Hutchison said he was surprised how many students in today’s world failed to understand the value of three serves of dairy each day.

“In my day it was hammered home to me to drink my milk, but not necessarily so today,” he said.

“A lot of children think milk makes them fat, but in reality full cream milk is 96 per cent fat free.”

Blakebrook school teacher Lois Skorjenko said her 16 students researched what milk contained in terms of nutrition.

They discovered after some research that it contains calcium, carbohydrates, good fats, protein and vitamins A, B2 and B12.

Rous Public School kindergarten teacher Di Golding said her class rolled up their sleaves and dug into dairy production, making ice-cream, butter and custard.

“It’s been a really good learning experiment,” she said.

Kyogle Road dairy farmer Paul Weir, who is also a NSW dairy industry representative, opened his farm to participating school children, many of whom had never set foot on a farm.

“The kids loved it,” he said. “They are keen to learn.”



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