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Agriculture

 

 

Lockyer District High School is able to offer students from both urban and rural backgrounds the opportunity to acquire skills that are needed in the agricultural industry.  The school farm is an educational centre that proudly boasts horticultural areas, grazing paddocks for the school’s stud cattle, a large aquaponics and hydroponics set-up, fodder machines and a poultry shed.

 

AGRICULTURE AS A SUBJECT

 

Students have the opportunity to study in the Agricultural field while in Junior Secondary.  The curriculum in grade 9 and 10 includes history of agriculture, cattle production, the soil environment, poultry, aquaponics and hydroponics, farming as a business and animal/plant anatomy and physiology.  Students are involved in both theoretical and practical (hands-on) learning experiences.

 

Once in the Senior School, students have many options in the Agricultural area of study. Agricultural Science allows the students to study the science and technology behind food and fibre production as well as look at the challenges agriculture faces in the future.  Agricultural Practices (SAS) is a more practical based subject looking at the hands on side of agriculture, with students studying a range of topics from farm maintenance to marketing crops. 

 

LDHS has links with Gatton Vocational Education Centre (G-VEC) at UQ Gatton which allows students the opportunity to study a Certificate II or III in Rural Operations or Agriculture (depending on the year).

 

Students are also given the opportunity to attend the Ag Inspirations program, which is run by an external party to expose students to the range of agricultural based activities based in the Lockyer Valley.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

 

The LDHS farm is home to ‘Loc-Hi Lowlines’, an Australian Lowline stud of 20 breeding animals.   The animals are bred using foundation bloodlines from the schools past cattle, bringing in a new bull every 2 years. 

 

The Cattle Show Team travels to many different shows in the South East and Darling Downs region every year. The team is highly successful in their stud cattle showing, frequently taking out Champion and Grand Champion ribbons.   The students are involved in the everyday management of the stud animals from feeding, vaccinating, tagging and tattooing to show preparation.  Our students are regularly commended by the public on their presentation and maturity.

 

Students also have the opportunity to compete in Junior Handling and Judging competitions which help expand their knowledge of the cattle industry further as well as Prime Lamb judging competitions.

 

A new competition that started in 2015 for the Cattle Show Team is the ‘Young Farmers Challenge’ which involves an obstacle course of agricultural activities.  Our students have won every competition they have entered and also represented the school at the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka).

 

The future of the Cattle Show Team remains with the Australian Lowline animals as well as branching into the Led Steer competition at shows.