Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Day and boarding school for boys since 1939

Telephone02 6764 8600

Emailfarreragri-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Agriculture

The Farrer Farm

The Farrer Farm “Brewongle” comprising 340 Ha was purchased in 2009 to provide state of the art educational resources for our students. All enterprises are integral to the Teaching/Learning activities in the school and, where demand exists, specialist Board of Studies BECs are developed to meet skills needs and student demand: eg Cert III Beef and Cert III Grain Production as well as niche courses such as Cotton Basics. Secondly it provides a source of income for the school.

The angus stud

The Angus Stud Manager is Marty Peeters. We run 120 HBR breeders and with offspring totals approx 240 head. The Angus stud is run mostly at Brewongle due to lack of space on the existing Farrer Farm and the Angus stud is a major income earner for the farm. Students are actively involved in all aspects of its operation and management including vaccinations, selection of cattle, marking, collection of production data etc leading to the on property bull sale which is entirely conducted by students.

The operation of the stud, and its management, is tightly integrated into the school curriculum through the Certificate III Beef Course. The whole curriculum is tied to the annual operational cycle of the stud and the course is often taught off the timetable to facilitate travel to the other property.

Cropping

Both summer and winter Farrer produces Lucerne for our own use. Oats, barley, irrigated pastures and sorghum are also produced all of which are processed into livestock feed. This is predominantly carried out by the students with the assistance of farm staff to meet the curricular needs of the Certificate III Grains course as well as our other livestock activities and associated classes.

Dairy

This is managed by Laura Tolley, operated by Emma Coles, including all breeding programs (sire selection Ag staff) with four year 9 students rostered onto Dairy seven days per week morning and night. Farrer produces in excess of 265000L per year. All data collection is carried out by the farm. The dairy is an integral part of the education of the Farrer boys in team building and organisational skills. In addition Year 7 students are rostered onto calf rearing duties for one week each morning and afternoon.

The Dairy is currently accredited Level 7 Bovine Johnes Disease and is undergoing evaluation for MN3 status (Level 8).

White suffolk stud

The White Suffolk Stud is managed by Darren Smith with approximately 400 sheep. All animals are recorded on LambPlan and we are MN3 level Ovine Johne’s disease accredited. An extensive AI program is conducted annually which is supervised by Darren but run by the students. This program involves 6 weeks of work outside school hours. Lambing occurs in August over a six week period. We have an onsite sale annually which involves advertising, animal selection, sale catalogue development and the sale day which occurs in September each year. All activities with the sheep are carried out by the students on a rostered basis.

Merinos

this enterprise is used as a comparative program for students as opposed to meat production (used for Wool Science) – 50 sheep in this enterprise. All management and breeding is carried out by Darren Smith.

Poultry

Farrer runs 250 hens in a barn laid situation to meet the animal welfare guidelines for schools. The eggs from here go to the refectory and excess eggs are sold to Calrossy and Meals on Wheels. Students in Year 7 are now rostered on to look after the hens 7 days per week as part of a unit on layer production.

Piggery – We now run weaners but no breeders are carried due to the economic considerations. Students in Year 8 are rostered on 7 days per week to care for the pigs as part of a teaching learning unit on piggery production and intensive livestock management.

Horticulture

We now have a hot house, green house, work shed and nursery area. This is purely an educational resource which meets the needs of the syllabus and student interest. Units on horticulture are studied in Year 8, amenity horticulture in Year 10 and the unit provides seedlings for vegetable units in Year 7 and trees and shrubs for horticultural and other studies both in Agriculture and Geography.