JONTY Putwain is as amused as everybody else when his goat suddenly decides that what is going on in the next-door pen is more interesting than following commands. Photos Sven Carlsson OS0174-01

THE Opotiki Agricultural Day, hosted by Nukuhou North School last Thursday, started off chilly, but soon warmed up to the enthusiasm of the children and the antics of the animals.

Well attended by parents and supporters, the Ag Day was a great example of the boons of rural living.

There was lots of humour and warmth displayed by the judges as they managed fauna and kids while they interviewed the children about their animals.

Ag Days have to be considered a social spectacle of the best order, for both animals and folks.


Reserve champion kid: Paige Wardlaw, Nukuhou.
Champion kid: Charlie Anthony, Nukuhou.
Reserve champion lamb: Ellen Emeny, Nukuhou.
Champion lamb: Cassie Young, St Joseph’s, Opotiki.
Reserve champion calf: Brooke Leeder, Waiotahe.
Champion calf: Maya Anstis, Woodlands.
Most obvious pet: Jamie Harley, Nukuhou.
Flaxlands inter-school trophy, Nukuhou North School.