Ag Day is an opportunity for students to have fun rearing and getting to know their animals. We encourage all animals to be named early so
that they get used to their name!
Animals need to be fed and cared for well. If you have any questions on raising them please phone the person in this booklet who can help answer your questions.
Students who do not enter an animal must complete an Ag Day project.
Our Ag Day animals are restricted to those listed below as these are the traditional farmyard animals that children can rear from birth.
For the first time this year we are introducing dogs and rabbits for children to bring along. See the following drop downs on how to care for each of the four animals.
Calves born between 01 June and 24 July
Kid Goats born between 01 May and 24 July
Lambs born between 01 May and 24 July
Chickens purchased through the school - no other chicken entries are permitted.
The children compete in the following age groups.
Age of child to be taken as at 1st November of this Ag Day year.
Junior: 5 years old to 7 years old on the 1st November
Intermediate: 8 years old to 10 years old on the 1 November
Senior: 11 years old and over on the 1st November.
Rearing, leading, dairy or beef types.
Calf breed definitions are as follows:
Light Dairy = Jersey & Ayrshire;
Heavy Dairy = Friesian & Shorthorn;
Beef = Hereford, Angus, Friesian Cross, Murray Grey, Galloway;
Exotic = Simmental & Belgium Blue.
Lambs & Kid Goats
Rearing, leading, calling and best pet (bond between the child and animal).
Rearing, calling, trick and best pet (bond between the child and animal).
Children must stay with their animals while judging is in progress. This applies to all animals. Once judging is complete children are free to go and enjoy the rest of Ag Day.
Judges' decisions are final and there is to be NO conferring with judges. If your child becomes distressed in the ring parents must ask the Judge or Head Steward if they may enter.
A badge reflecting the number of years they have had an animal at Ag Day is presented to Year 8 students at the end of the current year. These are only issued to students who have reared more than three animals. When children transfer from other rural schools their previously accumulated years of participation can be transferred on request.
Some of our cups and trophies are very old and we ask students and parents to take care of them, to ensure they are cleaned and polished with SILVO (silver polish only). Using Brasso damages the surface and causes the cups to yellow. FOTHS (Friends of Te Hihi School, our parent group) will also ensure maintenance and repairs are carried out.
If at any time you have concerns about your animal's health contact your local vet when
the concern occurs. They are happy to give advice over the phone regarding whether your animal requires treatment.
The Parent's Role In Ag Day
The success of our Te Hihi School Ag Day comes from the wonderful support of you, our parents, supporting your children with their animals, horticultural option and classroom exhibits, donating items for the raffles and baking and, of course, helping on the day. It's a huge ask but that's what we do at Te Hihi School for our children and our school. Please donate a small amount of time to help on the day by filling in the parent help form this will be going out in Term 3.
Franklin Central Group Day (date to be advised)
This is yet another historical day organised by members of the Franklin community. It enables students to compete with their calf, lamb or goat against other students from the Franklin area. All children who have entered an animal in our school's Ag Day can enter with the same animal. There is a minimal cost of $3 per child to enter which needs to be paid to the school office by the Friday before the day. The judging criteria is basically the same as Ag Day. Ribbons are given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the various categories and champion ribbons and cups are given out at the end of the day. There are team events for leading in groups of three and ribbons are also awarded for 1st , 2nd and 3rd.
The Ray Wright Memorial Shield is presented annually to the school scoring the greatest number of points (points are awarded for each ribbon won on the day). The more entries from our school the better our chances! The Ararimu Shield is presented annually to the school scoring best average points for their number of entries.
Parents who attend Group Day are always happy to help other parents with transport for children and their animals and contact details are provided in the school newsletter.
The day runs between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm approximately. The school requires two volunteers to act as animal stewards on the day. You can indicate which animal you would prefer to steward and we would appreciate your help in this area. A volunteer is also required to assist in the kitchen for 30 minutes (9:00 am - 9:30 am) to set up plates, cups, saucers and food for the judges. If you are able to help with either of these tasks, please contact one of the members of the Ag Day Committee listed at the beginning of this booklet.
Whilst Ag Day is a day for children and their animal, it is an opportunity for FOTHS to raise some funds for the school. One of the key fundraisers
is the grocery raffle. During Term 3 parents will be asked to donate groceries with each week a different type of grocery item. Early September each family will be sent home two books of raffle tickets to sell. Please support this fundraiser as in recent years parents have contributed freely which has meant that we have been able to have ten raffle prizes.
With Ag Day on the last Saturday of Term 3, the final week of the term 3 is all about getting ready for Ag Day.
Essentially there are three parts to the day.
Judging of the animals takes place from 9:00 a.m. and carries on until approximately 11:00 a.m.
While the officials tally up the points there will be food available and classroom exhibits to visit.
Once the results are tallied, the prize giving is held at approximately 1:00 p.m. followed by the Grand Parade of Animals at 1:30 p.m.
Food and other items are available for purchase throughout the day so you will need to have some money.