Swimming legend Michael Klim will visit the winning Western Victorian school from the Sungold Field Picasso Cows contest. The winner will be announced at the event this week, and Klim will visit later this year.Three-time Olympian and Legendairy Ambassador Michael Klim will visit one lucky western Victorian school to meet the winning cow from the Sungold Field Days Picasso Cows competition.
WestVic Dairy, together with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (formerly DEPI, now DEDJTR) and the National Centre of Dairy Education (NCDE), will host three Picasso Cows in the Dairy Tent, where people can vote for their favourite exhibit.
The Sungold Field Days will run from February 11-13 in Allansford.
The winning school will be announced by Dairy Australia’s managing director Ian Halliday on the final day of the Sungold Field Days and will receive a visit from swimming legend Michael Klim later in the school year.
Michael Klim, who became an Ambassador for Legendairy in November 2014, said Picasso Cows was a great project and he was looking forward to visiting the winning school.
“As a dad, I know how much impact hands-on projects, like Picasso Cows, can have on primary school-aged kids. It’s a terrific way to educate them about where milk comes from, the great job our farmers do and the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet,” he said.
“The kids put a lot of work into painting their cows and I’m really looking forward to hearing their stories and ‘meeting’ the winning cow.
“Dairy was an important part of my diet as an athlete and still is a favourite on our family table. For that reason, I’m rapt to have the opportunity to back our Legendairy farmers and show Australians how they can benefit by starting and ending every day with dairy.”
The Picasso Cows Program, which is linked to the Australian curriculum, is a Dairy Australia initiative aimed specifically at primary schools. Now in its eighth year, the program educates students, teachers and parents about the importance of dairy health and nutrition and the industry itself.
As part of the project, participating schools receive a life-size, fibre-glass cow, which they then decorate in one of three themes: Unbeatable Bones; Fuel for Life; or Farm to Plate. They also document their experiences in a corresponding learning journal.
WestVic Dairy’s executive officer Paula Doran said Michael Klim’s involvement was the “icing on the cake”.
“The competition is really a celebration of the great project that is Picasso Cows and has seen project officers ‘cow herding’ in all corners of the region,” she said.
“This year’s Dairy Tent at the Field Day will be a one-stop shop for dairy farmers and service providers and we are looking forward to catching up with everyone,” Ms Doran said.
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