Ag Skills Day 2018
While we were unable to bring any hint of rain to Coonabarabran High School on Thursday 9 August, there was a great meeting of Agricultural minds and skills at the Ag Plot. Our exceptional local presenters were joined by some from further afield, including UNE, Forbes, Dubbo, Coonamble and Narrabri. Students from Coonabarabran High welcomed Mendooran, Binnaway, Gulargambone, Gilgandra and Baradine schools to immerse themselves in learning and practising agricultural skills.
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New workshops offered this year were School of Ants, Precision Agriculture, Purpose of Pollinators and Science of Soils all offered by the UNE Discovery Bus; Seed Identification from James Fleming; Drone Technology from Ted and Richie from Coonabarabran Rural; Native Plant Oil Extraction from Bilby Blooms; Drought Feeding from Jillian Kelly; Selective Plant Breeding with Antony Varugu; Farm Planning With Biodiversity in Mind from Ange Bunner.
Workshops which have become the foundation of the day are Pig Assessment with Richard Cole; Conventional Fencing with John Tilborghs; Electric Fencing with Marty Wilkin; Welding with Ken Zingel, Greg Larkin and Richard Fleming; Horsemanship with Chris Cormie; Sheep Dog Training with Kevin Bell; Steer Assessment with Mark Doyle; Farm Safety with the NSW Ambulance Service; Tractors with Dan Stuart; Journalism with Sally Bryant; Fire Safety with Andrew Young and Joan Redfern; Mud Brick Building with Wes Leedham; Pest Animals with Luke Milsom; Pet Welfare with Sam Robinson and Kevin Player; Sheep Management with Dominic Shortis; Horse care with Lisa Moody; Seed Bombs with Stephanie Maguire; Wool with Phil Hensby.
To have people who are skilled in these practices brings the subject alive for the participating students, adding to the authenticity of their education as well as to the knowledge and skill base of staff.