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Down at the farm and out and about

22/05/2017
CabHigh King with Jemma
A busy few weeks so far this term. Mr Doyle and students have working on our cold-room at the farm and resealing it so that we stop losing cold air. It is now running much better. Thanks to students and Mr Doyle.
 
Mr Doyle and senior students have been planting pumpkins and corn that are coming on nicely. There is also a nice fodder crop of sorghum and dolichos legume, to supplement-feed the cattle, growing in our cropping paddock.
 
Hooves of cattle were trimmed early this term ready for the show season. As cattle here are on fairly soft paddocks, their hooves tend to grow and not be chipped off. An external person comes in, the cattle are placed, one at a time, into a crush behind a trailer, and this is then pulled onto its side. The person secures the cows feet and then grinds them flat with a grinder. Just like having your own toenails cut.
 
Mrs Hutt is working with Year 7 students to make sustainable and recyclable plant pots. Some of these results are very good.
Mrs Pedwell is working with junior students who will be starting to pull apart engines soon and rebuilding them. Other work going on at the farm are the building of fruit and vegetable displays for Caboolture, Woodford and Ekka shows. The Caboolture and Woodford display boards are ready and students are starting to paint the backboard for the Ekka display. Mr Doyle and students have also been working on building the frame for the grain display at the Ekka.
 
Out and About at Kilcoy Show in late April
Students and cattle competed against all tropical animals this year. Cabhigh King (our bull) came second (led by Jemma Evans-Shipp), while our third place ribbon was won by cow and calf Cabhigh Image (led by Nicole Donohue) and Cabhigh Magic (led by Danielle Armistead). Well done to all students who participated and good luck at Marburg Show and other shows to come.
 
Mrs Pedwell
HOD Agriculture