Portland Central School has answered the call of desperate farmers by adopting a malnourished cow and her calf.
Head teacher Leigh McLean responded to a plea on Facebook from the owners of Silver Gully Farm who were no longer able to feed stock and were seeking groups to adopt their cattle.
The two animals were relocated from the Central Coast hinterland to the school grounds where they will be cared for by students studying agriculture.
Affectionately named Aioli and Mayo, the pregnant mother and her baby are responding well to the nurturing of staff and students.
They are a welcome addition to the school’s existing livestock which includes two calves, a lamb and chickens.
“The students are actively involved in the care of the animals and have shown a great deal of sympathy,” Mrs McLean said.
“In addition to looking after the animals the students have been busy fundraising for drought relief through mufti days, hamper collections, art sales, staff breakfasts and young farmer challenges.”
The school’s latest efforts raised $670 for the Buy a Bale campaign and two packed car loads of donated grocery items were also sent to Bathurst for distribution to needy farming families.
Students are reaping the benefits of having live animals at school. Year 10 student Rhianna Garland is proud to join the effort to rescue animals.
“It feels like the kind thing to do,” she said.
“It’s also fun to be working with the animals in class and learning new skills.”
Portland Central School is now seeking community support to assist in feeding the new adoptees. Anyone who is willing to donate feed should contact Leigh McLean at the school on 6355 5233.