A dairy farming couple are continuing to teach children how to lead calves in East Otago, despite Covid-19 disrupting events to show cattle.
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Otago Fresh Milk owners Steve and Shelli Mears relax at their dairy farm in Palmerston. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Otago Fresh Milk owners Shelli and Steve Mears invited children to their dairy farm on State Highway 1, about 1km north of Palmerston, to learn how to lead calves so they could show them at the Palmerston and Waihemo A&P Show this weekend.

However, Mrs Mears, the show cattle convener, said because New Zealand was in the Red setting of the Covid traffic light system, the committee decided to postpone the show until a return to Orange.

“Goodness knows when that will be.”

Mrs Mears said their children showed cattle at A&P shows and had since left home.

“We wanted other kids to have the same opportunity to bond with an animal.”

She told the children the No1 rule for leading cattle was “don’t let go”.

Rachel Sheat (17), of Palmerston, said the first time she led a calf was at Otago Fresh Milk. She hoped she could lead cattle at A&P shows for the first time soon.

With a third of dairy farms seeking to fill vacancies ahead of calving season, Kiwis are being encouraged to give dairy farming a chance.

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