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DOWN AT THE FARM

23/03/2016
On 22 and 23 February, senior Agricultural Science and Rural Operations classes visited several local farms to investigate farming methods in use. Students were enlightened about processes really going on in animal and plant industries. Now that they are better informed, they can dispel some of the common myths out there about farming of animals perpetrated in advertising on TV.
Students saw functioning of an intensive piggery, macadamia nut farm, dairy farm, broiler farm and pineapple and strawberry farm.
 
 Cattle Showing
Preparations are underway for cattle showing which starts in Term 2. Students, as well as the cattle, are being trained in how to work with the cattle. Our first show is at the Marburg Show on the second weekend in May, followed by the Esk Show one fortnight later. In June, we will attend the Caboolture Show and then the Farm Fantastic in July.  Younger students will get more of an opportunity to attend at Caboolture Show and Farm Fantastic.  We also prepare fruit and vegetable displays for Caboolture, Woodford and Ekka Shows. This involves students preparing a backboard for each of these shows that fits with the display in front on the floor of the display. We are currently building displays for all three shows. New motorised mechanisms are being made for our EKKA display.
 
Back at the farm
Here we are growing corn and pumpkins for the various displays. Let’s hope the birds don’t eat too many seeds this year. The gardens where junior students are growing lettuce, beans and tomatoes are doing well.  Maybe a lettuce will make it home to mum!
The senior students are trialling growth of tomatoes in different soils. These are growing well. Hopefully there will be some mature tomatoes soon.
New crops have been planted as fodder crops for the cattle to keep them well fed. We don’t want them eating too much of this nutrient rich material at one time however as this could cause them to become sick. This area needs to be cell grazed, with only a small amount eaten each day.
Students are welcome to assist in the feeding program each morning at around 8am, or to assist at lunch, Tuesday to Thursday each week.
 
Kaye Pedwell
Agriculture HOD