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Food, colours top calf names for 2014

Food, colours top calf names for 2014

Charlotte and Oliver may be the most popular baby names in New Zealand (2013) - but when it comes to newborn calves, it seems food and colours are flavours of the month.

Bluey, Violet, and Peanut are three of the calves entered into LIC’s annual art competition for rural kids, which encourages children to send in artwork of the calf they are rearing for Calf Club.

Acting chief executive, Linda Cooper, says the creativity of children who enter the competition is always impressive, and this year there appears to be a recurring theme with the names.

“It’s always intriguing to see what the children come up with, and what they have named their calf. This year it’s clear that their favourite things have provided some helpful inspiration for names.

“The creativity of the children is just fantastic, and we’re looking forward to receiving more.”

All artwork will be judged by LIC staff at the co-op's Hamilton head office, with three age categories (5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 years). Rural schools hosting or participating in a Calf Club event are also encouraged to enter.

Co-sponsored by Stallion Plastics Ltd, prizes include Apple iPads, calf care hampers and a Stallion calf feeder valued at $4000.

Entries close 13 October. More information and entry forms are available at


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