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Family Farm’s new addition to the farmyard finally has a name

Towards the end of March, Agri Aware’s Family Farm at Dublin Zoo welcomed a new addition to the farmyard. Family Farm’s Charolais beef cow Gertrude, gave birth to her calf on March 22, a few days later than expected!

In celebration of the calf’s birth, a competition to have one lucky primary school student to name the new calf was launched. Agri Aware and RTÉ’s News2day invited schools across the country to help them name the newest addition. The main requirements of the competition were that the name had to start with the letter N and the name also had to be Irish. The class who picked the best name would win a trip for the class to Dublin Zoo.

Students of St. Bridget’s National School Rolestown in Swords, County Dublin and the News2Day team both joined Agri Aware at Family Farm on April 25 to reveal of the calf’s name. Students had fun exploring the farm where they met plenty of new arrivals on a tour conducted by Agri Aware’s Education Officer, Dr Elizabeth Finnegan. The day also included a butter disco game which involved transforming fresh cream from the dairy cow Áine into butter by shaking a jar of cream, followed by the reveal of the chosen name.

Lots of entries were received, but one name stood out amongst the others. The chosen name was Nóinín which is the Irish word for daisy, an ideal name for a spring born calf! Zookeeper Eddie O’ Brien announced the name on RTÉ News2day.

Nóinín can be seen at Family Farm in Dublin Zoo along with her mother Gertrude, dairy cow Áine, sow Becky and her six piglets, boar Benny, sheep, lambs and many more farm animals in the farmyard.