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THE 117th Annual Waikato A&P Show
Boys' and Girls' Agricultural Club sec-
tion calf exhibiter at this year's Waikato's
World was awarded to Blayre Howse an 11-
year-old student from Matamata Intermediate.
Blayre and her calf Milo received 26 ribbons
from four shows this year including Reserve
Champion of Champion at Matamata A&P
Show, Champion of Champion calf at
Matamata Intermediate Calf Club and
Matamata Group Day, then went on to claim
the title of the Champion of Champion calf
exhibiter at Waikato's World.
Blayre lives on a lifestyle block in Okoroire
and Milo the calf is owned by next-door dairy
farmers Paddy and Jane Magill.
As well as calf club, Blayre is into netball,
running, art, kayaking and horse riding and she
answered a few questions for The Dairyman:
Is this the first year you have reared a calf?
No, Milo is my fifth calf club calf.
How did you pick your calf?
Over the years I have had a lot of tips from
my Nana (June Fraei) on what sort of calf I
should look for eg: soft coat, short hair,
straight back and most of all black knees so I
don't have to clean them. I think I just got it
right this year!
What was involved in preparing your calf for
all the shows?
Lots of brushing, leading and getting hair out.
Cleaning my calf and spending time with her
so she knew me as much as I knew her.
What do you think the secret was to doing so
well in all the shows?
Dedication, it's the key to everything.
What skills do you think you have learnt
from caring for, preparing and succeeding in
You have to put the hard work in all the way
through -- start to finish, to achieve your
Mum and Dad, Carleen and Brent Coppard
and brother Wesley Howse were extremely
proud of Blayre and her effort in preparing and
competing with Waikato's winning calf.
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"What hits me also is the pride of the
owners of the stock who get a real kick
out of seeing children showing an ani-
mal they have bred."
Mr Dean said they had to borrow a
lamb and a calf for their children and
both owners were thrilled with how his
townie kids went and the results they
"Harcourts has been a major sponsor
for some 5 or 6 years and we love being
involved and meeting the participants
from a wide geographical spread."
Boys' and Girls' Agriculture Club
originated in 1911 and was initially
established in Otago where they ran
competitions for people who grew root
In 1922 agricultural groups were
established in Taranaki. It was another
10 years before the Farmers Union
introduced the concept in the Waikato.
The Farmers Union persuaded the
Auckland Education Board, which
administered state education in the
Waikato, to integrate the activities of
the agricultural groups into the educa-
tion syllabus and as many children as
possible were encouraged to partici-
Today the group is dependent on the
sponsorship, time and effort generously
donated by many enthusiastic people
and they welcome new volunteers.
Mr Smith said the 2010 show con-
ducted by the Waikato A&P will be a
special show with many sections hold-
ing national championships, some with
sections holding Royal Events.
"The Boys and Girls section have yet
to finalise details but will certainly
organise special ribbons for the event."
BLAYRE'S ONTO A WINNER
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