Douglas Daly opens NT Cattleman’s Association Conference


Last year, Douglas Daly School received the Grand Champion sash for the winning entry into the NT Cattleman’s Association Totalweld Sales Cows for Schools Competition.

The Cows for Schools Competition aims to inspire young Territorians to investigate and reflect on the NT agricultural industries. The 2021 theme encouraged students and teachers to explore how not only pastoral properties, but other agricultural businesses, continue to operate when faced with numerous challenges and still produce safe, affordable and healthy food every day.

Douglas Daly School students chose a part of the ‘paddock to plate’ process to research information and hand draw the pictures to match, transferring the designs onto the computer and using a paint application to make them more attractive.

Principal at Douglas Daly School, Janelle Thorne, said “all students worked as a team, supporting each other throughout the process”.

On the reverse side of ‘T-Bone’, their cow, students used jokes to capture the attention of their audience and help to tell the story.

The final stage was transferring all of the research and knowledge into an infographic program to show the process electronically.

“Everyone was so happy with the final product!” Janelle said.

Recently, the triumphant students from Douglas Daly were invited to officially open the NT Cattleman’s Association Conference at the Darwin Convention Centre.

“Due to travel restrictions, the students weren’t able to attend in person,” Janelle said.

“So instead, they produced a video including a welcome speech, jokes connected to their Cows for Schools Competition entry and a song performance of ‘Memories’ for the 600 participants at the conference, and many more online”.

“It was a fantastic experience and such a privilege for our small cohort of students!”

You can watch the students’ opening of the conference on the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association's Facebook.

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