Agriculture is a key part of the school and we are able to offer students from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience agriculture and show them what a wonderfully interesting, diverse, dynamic, successful, and progressive industry it is.
Armidale has very strong agricultural ties being home to many of the country’s leading Agricultural consultant and research businesses and breed societies as well as the University of New England (UNE) ,offering world-leading courses in agriculture.
With all this at our doorstep, it’s not surprising that the school’s Agriculture Program and Livestock Team have been popular among our students.
Located on our school grounds is an Agricultural facility including a Charolais cattle stud and show steer feedlot, Dohne and white Suffolk sheep, Berkshire pigs, poultry, a large sustainable vegetable growing enterprise and fruit orchard as well as an outdoor learning area.
Student learning is complemented with practical experiences both on and off site and through presentations given by local industry specialists.
In addition to our Agriculture program is our Livestock Team which is open to all students in Years 7 to 12. The club provides students with the opportunity to enhance self-confidence and personal development by working with young stock, which are grain fed, prepared and presented in Agricultural competitions by our students. The club also provides an excellent basis for students to develop their knowledge of science through the study of animal psychology and behaviour, the implications of feeding and housing strategies, the impact of pest and weed management and the use of technology.
Our Livestock Team is highly successful with the winning of broad ribbons throughout the state and into Queensland. Major competitions each year include the Sydney and Brisbane Royal, Manning Valley Beef Week and the Scone Beef Bonanza.