After many requests and some serious promises of commitment, the Agricultural Science students have taken a leap into the world of cattle and poultry showing. They are learning how to handle Brangus cattle from the Ag Farm and preparing them for the Lead Steer and Heifer competition, and for the Handlers competition at the Maleny show. This will definitely be a first for most of the students, and we are all very grateful for the experience and guidance provided by the Ferris family who are showing us the ropes, quite literally.
Many of the students are becoming involved in poultry showing with plans to show our new Dark Barred Plymouth Rocks along with some Silverlaced Wyandottes. Students were treated to direct knowledge about showing poultry from Mr and Mrs Gossow, who are very successful poultry breeders in the Toowoomba region.
Students who are more interested in plants and produce are busily planting out seeds and seedlings, and maintaining the vegetable and fruit areas on the plot. Finally, there will be our famous camembert cheese to be made by the Year 10s and a few other new cheese varieties created thanks to the Mrs Peters amazing ability and knowledge. The show committee has also once again requested the Ag Science and Hospitality crew to put on a presentation in the Small Farmers Tent which students will be preparing for, along with providing some community service time on the day to help run some of the show events. There really is something for everyone to be involved in for our local Maleny show and the students are looking forward to an amazing time next term!