Calf Club

See below for information regarding our 2017 

            Waiuku Schools Combined Calf Club Day:                                                       


It is time to start thinking about whether or not you would like to raise a calf, lamb or goat for calf club.  The three town schools of Sandspit, View Road and Waiuku Primary join forces to hold a combined day at Sandspit Road School, this year on Thursday 28th September.  Ribbon winners from this event are able to compete at the Waiuku Group Daby being held on Thursday 19th October at the rugby grounds.  

Dates for animals are listed below. 

                                                                                    Early calves are to be born between 1 June and 15 July.
                                                                                    Late calves are to be born between 16 July and 31 August.
                                                                                    Early lambs / goats are to be born between 1 July and 12 August.
                                                                                    Late lambs / goats are to be born between 13 August and 23 September.

 Any questions please contact Derryn Maxwell by email:

Please find attached an entry form for this year & rules which apply to both the Sandspit Combined Calf Club & also the Waiuku Group Day. They contain the course for leading  and also the course for calling for the lambs and goats.

If you are choosing a CALF, LAMB, or GOAT read these helpful hints. 

Spend time with your calf - brushing, feeding, playing with your calf and leading it around. The same goes with your lamb or kid goat, spend time playing, feeding, leading, and calling your lamb or kid goat, this will ensure a responsive pet when it hears your voice and sees you. 


Remember – to avoid your calf getting scours, make sure everything is ultra clean. Also make sure that your calf’s bedding (it may have sawdust on the floor of a pen) is always clean – rake any soiling out of the bed regularly so your calf has a nice clean, dry place to rest. Remember to always wash your hands carefully after caring for your calf and before eating

TRAINING AND GROOMING Start with a few minutes training each day. You need to train your calf to do three things on the lead 




TRAINING YOUR CALF happens at the same time as feeding – so right from the first day, you need to spend time with your calf so it trusts you, and allows it to be held and lead. When the calf appears to accept the halter, you can begin teaching it to lead. 

GROOMING EACH DAY Brush your calf all over – remember you are brushing the hair, removing dirt and dust, not rubbing the skin so don’t push too hard as your calf will move away from the pressure of the brush. Calves normally love this time, as the brush removes all the itches from its coat and also get to those ‘hard to reach’ places that its hooves can’t reach. Calf covers serve two purposes – it keeps your calf warm and dry and it also flattens its coat preventing fading from the weather and it gives your calf a shiny coat when it gets to Calf Club Day. It should cover your calf from its shoulders to its rear. Be sure to watch for rubbing of hair or skin under the Velcro straps. You will need some grooming equipment – a bucket, some soap or animal shampoo, a small piece of old towel or sponge (for washing), one of Mum’s old towels (for drying) and a soft brush (for grooming).

WASHING YOUR CALF Your calf should not be washed within three days of Calf Club - this is so your calf's coat has its natural oils on the day. You may, however, choose to wash your calf when it is younger so it gets used to the feeling of warm water and soap on its coat - but remember only wash your calf on a warm day and with plenty of sunlight so its coat dries before the day becomes dark and colder. Use a mild soap or shampoo; wet the coat thoroughly with warm water and rub in enough soap to get a good lather. Massage the coat and skin so you get all the dust, dirt and scales of skin out before you rinse it - preferably with a soft stream of warm water from the hose (if it is a warm day, the water in the hose will be a good temperature to rinse the calf's coat). Be sure to rinse all the soap out of the coat because any residues of soap will limit the amount of shine you will get from the coat when it is dry. Scrape your calf's coat with the side of your hand to remove the surplus water, and then briskly rub it all over with the towel. Your calf's coat will still be damp, so you should brush it to lay the coat down flat, and leave the calf tied up in a warm, dry, clean place out of draft so its coat dries before you put its cover on.


Right from the start you need to get your lamb used to being handled. When you go out to feed it, have a small bucket with warm, soapy water nearby and gently wipe around its face, ears and under its legs. Lambs don’t need brushing because it can make their wool fluffy – which you don’t want. You must not wash your lamb. Sheep have natural oil in their wool which acts like weatherproofing – a bit like your raincoat. It’s called lanolin and washing with soap removes this. If it rains your lamb’s wool will not act as it should and the lamb will get cold and could get sick

TRAINING OF YOUR LAMB starts with the first feed. Each time you feed your lamb, call its name and talk to it while it’s feeding. You will soon find that the lamb begins to understand that you are its mother; it will run to you and follow you when you call. You can fit a collar on your lamb when it is a week or so old. The collar needs to be a nice comfortable one which will not chafe its skin. Ask Mum or Dad to check it for you. When you first put the collar on, the lamb may jump around and try to get it off – this is normal. If you fit the collar before feeding, the lamb will soon forget about it and get on with its dinner. If you’ve been talking to your lamb, and it knows your voice, all you have to do to teach it to lead, is to attach a lead to its collar – at least once every day – and walk forward, with the lamb on your right, talking to it. Walk a few steps and then stop, give it some milk and make a fuss of it. The lamb soon learns that walking forward, on your right side, means food!

CALLING Once your lamb knows your voice, ask Mum or Dad to come out with you before feeding to hold your lamb. Then go down the lawn or paddock and turn and call your lamb. It will run to you. Immediately feed it, and make a fuss of it. The bottle is the biggest help in training your lamb at the start but, as calf club approaches, you want to reduce the number of times you reward the lamb with the bottle, instead patting and cuddling it. How often, and how long, to train your lamb - Start with a few minutes training each day. After each session, praise and pat your lamb. 


It is important to remember that goats are not sheep and their needs are different but they can have similarities. Generally a kid will love human company and that makes them great family pets. 

FEEDING Kid goats feed 3-4 times per day; they will drink 250-300mls then increase it to a litre of milk. If you are home and wish to feed your kid goat three times per day, do so. Your kid will need milk for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. Feed lamb replacer powders AnLamb or Denkavit or Ngahiwi milk powder. Be strong and resist over feeding. Kids will enjoy a cuddle and play as a substitute. Always feed luke warm milk as cold milk will give the kid a stomach ache. If the kid is thirsty when bigger give a drink of water. Kids probably won’t drink water from a bucket when it is little. Use a litre bottle and make this your total volume. Remember- make 2 litres of milk the total amount given to your kid daily. Your kid is called a ruminant, which means it has 4 stomachs. Milk goes straight to the 4th stomach. The grass and leaves they eat will travel through from No 1 to 4. 10 kgs is the body weight recommended before considering weaning. This will be at about 10-12 weeks, but in smaller kids later than 12 weeks. Weaning from the afternoon bottle can start at about 8 weeks. Replace half of the milk for water until the feed is coloured water. Then start to reduce the milk in the morning feed. Kids will be nibbling and eating by now. Offer hay, pellets or lucerne chaff. Some trees are poisonous so look for these before your kids starts nibbling. Plants like camellia, oleander, rhododendron trees/shrubs, rhubarb and potato leaves and parsley. These will make the kid very sick and it may die. 

HOUSING Your kid will need a warm and dry place to sleep. Their kennel, drum, shed, should be kept clean and dry. Use straw or hay, but newspapers and old clothing can’t be used. When first home please remember that you have a brand new baby. Block off the kennel, house in the laundry or shed, as the baby will wander looking for its mother.

TYING UP Your kid may need to be tied up while you are at school. Please use a chain and collar/choker. Rope is not so satisfactory, as it twists. Also don't have it too long. If you tie it near a fence make sure it can't jump over, it could get tangled. A runner wire should be on the ground so it can’t tangle itself. Let the kid have a play when you get home.

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