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Pet lambs win computers

By Beckie Wilson

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Two Wairarapa primary schools will receive new computers and tablets thanks to the farming efforts of two young pupils.

Ben Gillet, 7, from Kahutara School won first prize of five computers, with the help of his lamb Cookie. Second place went to Kristina Cook, 10, from Wainuioru school and her lamb Speckles, who won three tablets and a computer in the Keinzley Agvet Pet Lamb competition on November 11.

The Pet Lamb Competition offered schools the opportunity to nominate their pet day winners for the competition. To be eligible to enter, Keinzley Agvet asked for the pupils who entered to buy a 5kg bag of lamb milk powder.

Gary Herrick, Keinzley Agvet sales agent and judge of the pet lamb competition, said the winning lamb  Cookie, was  outstanding and was very well trained – the best he had ever seen.

“It was great seeing kids with their pets, and how well trained they were,” he said.

Mr Herrick said Phil Keinzley, owner of Keinzley Agvet, believes in supporting rural schools and  thought donating computers would be a great way to do that.

Clare Crawford, Kahutara school principal said Ben does everything to 100 per cent and is very excited to have won the computers for the school.

“He cleaned up all the trophies on Pet Day, he’s an expert at care and attention,” she said.

“For the school [to receive the computers] it’s amazing, it means more children will get more chances to use them as a learning tool.”

Karen Goodall, Wainuioru school principal, said Kristina was excited to come second and the computers are a very valuable contribution to the school.

“Pet day is the best day ever, and Kristina came first in the year groups 3, 4 and 5,” Mrs Goodall said.

The winners will be presented with their prizes on Wednesday.

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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