Horsham Down’s ag day gets financial boost

Waikato Milking Systems Jane Burton shakes Bria's hand during the presentation
Waikato Milking Systems Jane Burton shakes Bria’s hand during the presentation

Horsham Downs Primary School received a $500 boost towards their Ag Day from a local dairy technology company.

Representatives from Waikato Milking Systems visited the school on Monday to present the cheque in front of the whole school and parents.

The school was one of six schools nationwide to win an Ag Day sponsorship from the company, which is based in Pukete.

Principal Phil Missen says the school was delighted with the sponsorship. “Our Ag Day is thriving and is a big part of our school culture, so the money will be put to good use,” he says.

The school, with a roll of about 300, has expanded its Ag Day categories to include chicken rearing and garden growing, to cover the broader ways that agriculture touches lives. Children from both town and country enter animals in the Ag Day each year. Local farming families lend animals to pupils from town, and the children visit the animals once a week to groom and prepare them for the show.

Deputy Principal Rachel Poultney and three student representatives, Sean, Addison and Bria, accepted the cheque on behalf of the school from Waikato Milking Systems Marketing Manager Jane Burton and Waikato Sales Manager Gary Feeney.

The company ran a campaign on Facebook recently encouraging people to vote for their favourite school. The three schools with the highest votes received a $500 sponsorship each. There was such an overwhelming response that the company provided $250 each to another three schools with the next highest votes – one of these was Gordonton School.

Waikato Milking Systems is a 100% New Zealand owned designer and manufacturer of milking systems and dairy technology. It has dealers nationwide and exports to more than 30 countries.

Check out their latest products at their stand at the National Fieldays next month.

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