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Five-year-old Laura Harden with her lamb, Flower, after competing in the leading ring. Photo: GORDON PREECE

Raising the baa

More than 50 students and their juvenile ruminants took part in the annual Ohinemuri Group Day at Netherton School on October 27. Ohinemuri Group Day president Michelle Johnson said 19 calves, lambs and kids were entered in the annual event, which gave the students from Hikutaia, Netherton, and Matatoki primary schools the opportunity to put their best hoof forward.
“For rural schools, this is a great day out, it shows all the hard work the kids have put into their animals,” she said. “It takes a lot of effort to get them ready for calf club and group day, and we appreciate the support from all the schools and the sponsors.
“It makes it all worthwhile for the kids to see the smiles when they receive ribbons and have that memento for the rest of their life.” The Hauraki Plains Group Day will take place on November 2 at Waitakaruru Domain from 10am.
Reporter GORDON PREECE went on the moo-ve to capture the students and their fleecy companions.

Hikutaia School students Jayden Good, left, with Buddy, and Denvor Kisling, with Hot Chocka.
Netherton School student Lilla Rawlins beams with Blam the lamb.
Mackenzie Walmsley, left, Jorja Walmsley, and Bailey Te Whero.
Ryder van Hellemond and his calf, Holly.
Gabriel Te Whero, with his pal, Spike.