14th Norman Lethbridge AwardThe 14th Norman Lethbridge Award has been won by Stephanie Ferguson from The Scots School, Bathurst. Stephanie is pictured above with her mother Leanne (left) and Agriculture Teacher Libby Dawes (right) from The Scots School Bathurst. Presentations took place in The Hoeker judging arena, during the Angus Judging at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Sunday 20th March 2016. The Norman Lethbridge Award is sponsored by the Booroomooka Angus Stud, Bingara.
The Norman Lethbridge Award was created in memory of the late Norman Lethbridge, a past secretary of the NSW State Committee of Angus Australia. Each year it is awarded to a student / cadet, 16 to 25 years of age, studying agriculture or a similar subject and residing within 200 kilometres of Sydney.
Low Stress Stockhandling School:
The Agricultural Department in conjunction with Mr Grahame Rees recently hosted a LOW STRESS STOCKHANDLING SCHOOL. It was a school to help achieve calm and confident management of livestock in all situations – it catered for someone who has little or no experience in handling stock as well as highly competent stock people.
This course was offered to any student who studied Agriculture at Scots and was also open to any interested parents. The day was a great success and enjoyed by all, as evidenced by the above photo.
Lambing and Calving:
We have had a very successful lambing this year – with 30 lambs being marked last week. Lambing occurred during the last week of Term 2 and during the holidays. I need to thank those students who assisted me with lambing duties during the first week of the holidays – their assistance was greatly appreciated – Thanks to Olivia Warry, Mia Bremner, Rosie Webb, Brooke Webb, Sam Barton and Paris Bennett.
We were very excited that our Stud Limousins calved in June with 2 heifers being born. Both are lovely heifers and will join our breeding herd in the future. They will be shown by the cattle show team in 2015. The students have affectionately named the Kendall and Kourtney (it is K year) after our Kentucky prac teachers!!!
Our Herefords are due to calve later in the year – they were joined by Llandillo bulls and we will look forward to their safe arrivals.
Senior Agricultural "Out West" Excursion
The Year 11 Agriculture Class had their “Out West” excursion and adventure on the 19-21 of August. Day one involved us going to the Cowra Abattoirs, where we learnt the process chain of sheep, pigs and cows - from Slaughter to Market. From here we journeyed to Parkes to have a quick lunch, and then headed straight to Trangie Research Station. At the Trangie Research Station we learnt about the trials and research being conducted on the performance of specific sheep breeds and Methane Trial-experiments to try and reduce the methane emissions from livestock through genetic selection. We also saw plant trials in motion - weed and herbicide trials, direction of sowing trial, wheat species trials (24 varieties being tested) and a major trial on the time of sowing wheat.
Wednesday morning we arose early and headed out to meet Nick Powell at the Narromine Irrigation Scheme. The Irrigation Scheme has recently had a major update to improve performance rates. We were then taken out to the Crawford’s farm where we learnt about drip irrigation and their involvement with the Narromine Irrigation Scheme. They grow cotton so we were also given a talk about the cotton industry and the invention of genetically engineered cotton. After lunch at the Nevertire Pub we ventured out to Warren to visit AUSCOTT where we further learnt about the cotton industry and the process of ginning cotton after it is harvested. Later that afternoon we travelled to Trangie to visit a local cattle breeder Austin Steer, who has currently donated two of his steers to The Scots School. Austin gave us a talk on his breeding programme and the reproductive technology he utilises to get the best possible progeny. Here we also selected a steer for Sydney Royal next year to incorporate into our cattle programme.
On the final day we went straight to the Dubbo Sale Yards after leaving our accommodation in Narromine. Here we were addressed by Graham Board about the marketing techniques, auctioning techniques and sale techniques at the yards and the process of it all and learnt about the two different types of sales, the fat sales and store sales. We then went down the road to Fletchers Abattoir to see the process of sheep slaughter and meat production. Here we learnt about the marketing process as Fletchers is a pure export market and none of the lamb is sold in Australia. We would like to thank Mrs Dawes for all her hard work in organising this trip! It was fun and will certainly help us next year in our studies.
By Chelsea McKay and Tyla Comerford.