Primary Industry Update by Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

Primary Industry Update

Our mega busy term is almost over.

Level 1 students have been flat out with their industry visits.

Kelly Bennett's Deer Embryo Transfer - we were able to see the operations transferring embryos from donor to recipient Hinds. Archie Chisholm is at Kelly’s for his farm placement this year and had a busy couple of days working with the technicians and vets. Following on from this, Alex Hayes and Tom Leov had the opportunity to work with Peel Forest Estate on their transfer day.

We had our annual OE to Christchurch to PGG Wrightsons to meet their agronomy research team. Highlights included kicking rugby balls over the ex-Eden Park goal posts, playing golf, visiting the lab and crop trials. On the way up we called in at Turley’s to view the onion harvest and Kiarn Prentice hard at work on his farm placement and finally Five Star Beef Feedlot. Ed Body has visited to provide expert tuition on fencing knots and the class were the inspiration behind the TeenAg Gumboot throwing competition.

Level 2 students have completed the second Chainsaw day and are now clocking up the practice hours in preparation for assessment.

Fundraising is full steam ahead with the hoodies and Back Road jerseys paid for. The focus now turns to the FMG Young Farmer team. Students once again proved their exceptional work ethic blowing out Pea Straw carting in record time and helping the Geraldine Toy Library at their movie night. 

Ahead during the holidays we have the next 2 firewood days, fencing course and forestry block clearing.