More than 500 guests walked through the gates of the WA College of Agriculture — Morawa last week to see what student life on a 3500ha farm is like.The college’s Agricultural Awareness and Prospective Student Open Day was labelled a resounding success, with 16 educational areas set up by students, under the guidance of teachers and staff, giving visitors an insight into some of its farming enterprises.These included cattle, piggery, sheep, equine and the cropping program as well as a close-up glimpse of the college’s residential campus and school facilities such as the trade training centre.Fencing, workshop skills, shearing and equine studies were some of the demonstrations on offer during the open day on Friday, with a paddock-to-plate theme highlighted throughout.This year’s steers were also on show at the college’s cattle feedlot, with an upcoming visit to the Perth Royal Show approaching.Principal Phil Epps said the open day format allowed students to be the group speakers and carry out live demonstrations, offering them “the chance to showcase what they have learnt so far, emphasise what they will be learning in the future, and the facilities on offer here at the college that they get to use”.He said the Morawa college was “perfectly poised to take a leading role in training the farmers and industry leaders of the future”. Picture: Supplied
Year 11 Megan Letton from Morawa, preparing her shearing handpiece.
Year 10 Ruby Giles from Perth, working with her Gelbvieh steer.
Year 10 Kyrahlea Covington from Moora instructed students in Certificate II in Horse Care.
College students explain the piggery enterprise to visiting students.
Year 10 Campbell Greig from Durawah working in the piggery yards.