At Silver Fern Farms by Sarah Foley-Smith

Primary Industry Academy


Year 11 visited Silver Fern Farms Pareora Processing Plant at the end of last term gaining a valuable insight into what happens at the ‘works’, in particular learning about the traceability of meat cuts, quality assurance both on-farm and on-site, the no dogs policy and how efficient the whole operation is.

Year 12 have continued their on-farm placement during the holidays and have this weekend completed their advanced farm bike course which tested their quad and motorcycle skills on slopes.

We also had Ara (polytech) speak at assembly and present the Competition Shield won late last year by our talented Year 9 & 10 students who cleaned up at the Aorangi schools practical competition.

Both classes have been involved in the Aorangi Regional Finals in Ashburton and here at school. We were the first school to host the TeenAg and Agrikids events under the new Format. As a result of this hugely successful day the classes have been chosen as the profile school for the June edition of the Young Farmer Muster News – a national publication circulated to all members and sponsors.

Work wanted

I have a keen, hardworking and talented group of students (15-17 years old) keen to do some work to fundraise to add to our class uniforms. We are ideal for large or small jobs, available weekends and will be supervised by adults. Please contact if you can help.