It has been a great start to the year, with rain allowing the cattle grazing pasture to grow, as well as a helpful boost to the Macadamia trees and nut production.
Summer Cattle Showing season is about to kick off with plans for the student show team to attend a number of shows throughout the south east corner and Darling Downs.
The first extracurricular event was held at the Calvary Christian College Livestock Challenge, where students participated in workshops about sheep, goat and alpaca showing and judging, showmanship as well as have the opportunity to qualify for the state sheep junior judging finals. This is a brand new opportunity this year to build our team spirit before we begin the hard work of cattle training and preparation in readiness for the local show season.
Our Agricultural Captains for this year are Caterina Donnelly and Harrison Dutton, who were proudly presented with their leadership badges at the recent Investiture.
The exciting curriculum this year has begun for all year levels with students inside and outside the classroom getting involved.
Students from the Year 10 Agricultural Practices class have been developing their cattle handling skills with Mrs Collier throughout the week.
Students have welcomed back our Hi-Line Brown laying hens to their pens and are currently focused on developing design ideas for automatic water drinkers within the pens. These students will be putting together a fully costed plan to divide the outside poultry run with fences and gates so that legume crops can be grown for the hens to feast upon.
Year 10 Foundation Agricultural Science students have been learning about hydroponics and aquaculture production systems in readiness for the installation of tank systems for Jade Perch and Redclaw.