FARMING MATTERS: Daisy brings in the funds

Buckingham Young Farmers Club wooden cow Daisy
Buckingham Young Farmers Club wooden cow Daisy
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Planning ahead is always a good idea, and Buckingham Young Farmers Club is already working to raise funds to cover the cost of hosting the 2017 Buckinghamshire Young Farmers rally and country show.

Each of the Bucks clubs takes a turn at hosting the annual event, and as it is such a big show it needs to be worked on a long time ahead.

One of the things the Buckingham club is using to help raise funds is a wooden cow.

‘Daisy’ is a black and white Holstein made from wood and hinged so that she can be folded flat for transportation.

Buckingham club co-chairman 22-year-old Kate Dugher, who lives in Lenborough and who is currently a veterinary student at the University of Nottingham said: “We’ve had her a few years. She’s kept at the home of a local farmer in Lenborough, whose family made her. The daughter does a lot of art and the dad cut it out.

“We took Daisy to Buckingham Beer Festival at the rugby club and held a milking competition using Daisy and a simulated udder.

“We did a competition to see who could milk the most in 30 seconds. We used water rather than real milk.

“Our junior winner collected 640ml and our over 18 winner, a member of the rugby club, milked a huge 1,025ml.”

Kate said a number of Buckingham members will be attending Bucks County Show to help out on the county YFC stand, and they hope to take Daisy along if possible.