The summer holiday break has been a busy time for the farm and the Ag areas, most of it pretty productive and some, not so. A lot of time has been spent preparing the Agricultural areas for the beginning of the new year, tidying up the Patch, the olives and vineyard, as well as the animal handling areas. The sheep were shorn and the rams have been out with the Corriedale ewes for joining, while the Poll Dorset ewes have been away to another farm for joining and should be back in the next week or so.
Progress is being made to the new chicken coop, with it being relocated down near the woolshed and dairy, which we will hopefully have in operation soon and we can once again become the preferred supply of eggs to the College families. The changes to the Coop will mean that the chickens will be free to roam the farm foraging at leisure and then be safely locked away at night. I am sure that there will be a noticeable improvement in the quality of the eggs because of it.
A new pig enclosure is also underway that will provide greater protection for the pigs from the weather as well as the ability to be cleaned more often and more easily as well as having greater control over their feed intake which should result in a better more marketable product. Last week we also saw the arrival of our first lot of piglets for the year and we look forward to watching them grow out over the coming months.
The stud cattle (Simmentals) are getting ready for a big year of showing, last year there was no stud cattle team so this is a welcome return for them to complement the successful steer showing team that will be running again.
The agistment heifers (Angus) have been doing very well, the bulls were taken out of the mob at the end of the year and we are waiting to pregnancy test them in a couple of weeks when the pregnant ones will return to their home near Condobolin in New South Wales. The heifers have been very successfully controlled grazed at the back of the farm through the use of single wire hot tapes. This has been a very economical and effective means of controlling the areas available for the cattle to be grazed and for how long.
We also welcome our new trainee Jazmine Anderson to the team, Jazmine completed Year 12 last year and will be helping out on the farm with particular input to the scholarship program. While this is great news, unfortunately we are losing Ben Roda to another job. Ben has been at the school for five years, two as a student and the last three on the farm. Ben has been extremely dedicated to the farm and has made an enormous contribution to its success. It will leave quite a void when he is gone.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast