Ag college to show off its wares

STUDENTS interested in a career in agriculture and related industries can learn all about them at this year’s annual Denmark College of Agriculture open day on Saturday August 31.

Ploughing at the college farm. Photo provided by Denmark Agricultural College.

Events will include presentations about course availability and employment opportunities, enrolment procedure, tours of the farm facilities, hands on demonstrations, and an opportunity to speak with teachers and students. There will also be shearing and wool classing demonstrations, equine events, cattle parades, coursework displays in classrooms and other learning areas, and machinery and equipment exhibitions.

Murray Findlay filling the seeder. Photo provided by Denmark Agricultural College.

For example, Denmark is the only college in Australia to install a robotic dairy of its kind. The cows have free access to the automatic milking system at any time of day, and come up to milk themselves. Wine tasting and sales will be available from the college’s East River vineyard, and market stalls will sell horticultural produce. “Our students are in strong demand for traineeships, apprenticeships or jobs because of their broad skill and knowledge set, and work-readiness,” said college principal Kevin Osborne.

Students drenching cattle. Photo provided by Denmark Agricultural College.

The college provides an integrated program of on-the-job workplace training and general education for students in years 10-12. The open day runs from 10am to 3pm at the college on South Coast highway, and free onsite parking is available.

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