[10 April/The Country]

A national programme putting students from 100 primary schools onto sheep and beef farms include at least six primary schools from the East Coast region. Argyll East School and Takapau School have already had farm visits, and Poukawa East School, Mangatainoka School and Wainuioru school will have theirs in the coming months. NZ Young Farmers Project Manager, Deb Kingma, said it was to teach students about how science and genetics can boost productivity and profitability in the red meat sector, and to encourage the next generation. Argyll East School teacher, Emma Foley, said the highlight of the visit was seeing working dogs rounding up the sheep. She added that she had never been on a trip like that before and there were a lot of hands on activities for students. Farmer Trevor Ennor added that having school groups visit the farm was fun for them.