Introducing students to, and promoting awareness of the diverse range of skills in the agriculture industry through hands-on experience in small groups
The contribution of the Year 12 Primary Industries students, Ag classes and the cattle leading team means Coona High is ready to welcome the thirty eight workshop presenters and students and staff from Coonabarabran, Binnaway, Mendooran, Baradine and Gilgandra who attending this 2019 Ag Skills Day. It was a welcome sight when the first of the Primary Industries class arrived to help set up at 6:30am. The weather is always topical and this year all four seasons and an intermittent polar blast was the experience.
It was pleasing to see just how many keen Junior Judges attended the Binnaway Show Society event last month. Just over 30 Coonabarabran High students joined the day and were very successful in the four judging competitions (see below for details). Along with the judging competitions, students got the opportunity to use a handpiece and learn how it is to shear a sheep from the Western TAFE team, learn about and have a go at auctioneering from David Grant and Bill Tate, and get an idea of the range of crops grown in our region in the agronomy workshops delivered by James Fleming.
Last week, the Coonabarabran High Livestock Team travelled to the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza held at Scone. The team comprised of 5 steers and 10 students, who had been preparing for the show for the last 6 months by feeding and halter training the steers.
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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