The first weeks of Agricultural Science 2015 have been jam-packed! Hands-on learning has involved preparing the vegetable growing area, planting out loads of seedlings, feeding pigs, sheep and cattle, and clipping the wings of our many adventurous hens to prevent their great escape from one paddock to the next!
Alongside all the practical fun, the students have immersed themselves in the world of Agricultural Economics, Environment and Nature while completing the University of Western Australia course, which will give them a leading edge in their agricultural endeavours. This course has particularly enlightened many about the enormous need there is for Agricultural Technology in the future to feed an ever growing population.
Finally, the first weeks were topped of with the arrival of 11 Wessex Saddleback piglets! The students were even present to see the expecting sow preparing her nest for farrowing, however missed the birth, as sadly it was after school hours. Congratulations go to Coen Oosen, Taylor Olsen, Samuel Olsen and Maddie Kinsley for correctly guessing the number of piglets to be born! No bacon as a reward!
Jade King, Head of Agricultural Science