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In 2017 the NTCA took inspiration from a program run by Central Australia beef producers at the Alice Springs show and came up with the ‘Cows for Schools’ program which asked Top End primary schools to decorate 2-dimensional wooden cows using the theme ‘why we love our NT pastoral industry’. There was an overwhelming response with a total of 20 cows being distributed to 12 local schools.
In 2019 the NTCA will extend the Cows For Schools Program to Katherine and Tennant Creek (in addition to Darwin).
Nominations for the 2019 program will open 5 March with successful schools being notified by April 5.
Here at the NTCA we recognise that we must do more to engage with our urban counterparts and showcase what we do. The ‘Cows for Schools’ program is designed as a fun and hands-on way for students and teachers to work together to learn about the valuable contribution our pastoral industry makes to ensuring everyone has access to safe, affordable and healthy food every day.
The cows will be displayed at each of the regional shows - further information and dates will be advised here at a later date.
Watch this space for updates!
Above: Some of the cows from the inaugural Cows for Schools Program in 2017
The NTCA will be holding a FREE BBQ again at the Darwin Show on Friday the 26th of July 2019, cooking up locally produced sausages and steaks - make sure to come past, grab a snag or a steak and vote for your favourite cow!