Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Day and boarding school for boys since 1939

Telephone02 6764 8600



The faculty mission statement: Proudly recognising that the Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School is the best secondary agricultural training institution in Australia by maximising opportunities through courses that are relevant to students and industry using exeplar programs, faculties and staff.

The Agriculture faculty teaches a diverse range of topics – Agriculture being a compulsory subject for all students in Years 7 to 10 and is offered as an elective subject for Years 11 and 12.

Farrer has moved towards an integrated teaching program by which all years are able to utilise any of the available enterprises and resources on site, with the exception of tractor usage due to age restrictions. Students  studying stage 4 & 4 agriculture can expect to be involved in a variety of enterprises and hands on activities including:

Courses offered:

Years 7 to 10

  • Calf rearing
  • Skills Unit 
  • Vegetable Production
  • Poultry Year 
  • Nursery production 
  • Pigs
  • Tree planting 
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy 
  • Beef Management
  • Dairy 
  • Prime Lambs
  • Wool science - Year 9 & 10 elective
  • Tractor operation and Agricultural Machinery
  • Property Planning
  • Farm Technology

Years 11 and 12

  • Primary Industries Beef Production - Years 11 and 12 (AQF III)
  • Primary Industries Core  - Years 11 and 12 (AQFII)
  • Primary Industries Sheep specialisation  - Year 11 and 12 (AQF II)

Extra curricular activities

Judging and showing

Training for the following occurs twice per week for some and once for others terms 1, 2 and 3 and part of 4. Approx 85 students involved.

  • Pig judging
  • Prime lambs
  • Fleece judging
  • Dairy
  • Steer / heifer show team

Calving, lambing and breeding programs

Calving which now occurs over two months as opposed to all year starts July. Beef students rostered onto these activities. Lambing occurs over six weeks.

Year 11 and 12 Beef students are rostered onto AI programs, ET programs and other programs throughout the year. Usually 9.00am in mornings, this may take students from other classes however classes are not permitted off the timetable due to implications for supervision in hostel, Library etc.


ALL students are rostered onto duties 7 days a week. 

  • Year 7 calf rearing feeding cleaning etc mornings 6.45 am, afternoon 3.30pm. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week , 2 must be present
  • Year 7 layer sheds feeding, husbandry, Lunch time daily and weekends 12.30-1.15 organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week
    Year 8 piggery duties, cleaning feeding etc morning 6.30am, afternoons 3.15 pm organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week 2 must be present. Students have to sign on at dairy prior to going to the piggery
  • Year 8 Prime lamb lot-feeding. etc, Lunch time daily organised by a teacher. One class per term. 4 students for 7 day week weekends 12.30-1.15. 2 must be present
    Year 9 Dairy duties milking, feeding etc mornings 6.00 am, afternoon 3.30pm 3 or 4 students
  • Year 10 Stock duties mornings afternoon 3.30pm 2 students
  • Wool science students – are rostered on during AI programs (3 weeks) and lambing (for a six week period). Mr Smith in charge

Stock rosters

View the farm duties roster - Year 10