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12 Apr 2019
Generous support enables Farrer to retain strong nucleus for future
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School Principal, Clint Gallagher has welcomed strong support that will enable the school to maintain the heart of its dairy herd until conditions improve.
Mr Gallagher said the on-going drought and other challenging conditions have forced the tough decision to temporarily cease dairy operations.
“This will not mean the end of our dairy operations,” Mr Gallagher said.
“Fortunately, two producers will take 30 of our dairy cows, which will enable us to reinstate operations promptly as conditions improve.
“The support from Hurlstone Agricultural High School and Denman producer, Brian Parker, along with an offer of assistance from Tocal Agricultural College, have been enormously heartening.
“It gives us hope for the future.”
In the more than 80 years since it was opened, Year 9 Farrer boys have enjoyed the educational benefits and camaraderie of their tasks in the dairy.
The school also forged a sound reputation for the calibre of its dairy stock.
Mr Gallagher said as a result of the drought and other associated conditions, despite the education potential, the dairy was no longer economically viable.
This week, he reluctantly informed students, parents and Old Boys that the unique educational opportunity would temporarily cease operations but remained on the horizon for when times improved.
Mr Gallagher said conditions included:
continued high and increasing feed costs and scarcity
ongoing low milk prices
the lack of opportunity for the school to increase the size of the dairy to make it more economical
the likely zero-per-cent allocation of river water for irrigation in the next financial year.
the current outlook of a dry winter
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