Agriculture students roll up their sleeves

Eleven Year 12 Agriculture students visited Taratahi Agricultural Training College in Masterton to gain some real farm experience and to learn about different courses available at Taratahi.
Over four days, they mustered, drafted and weighed both sheep and cattle, and calculated dressing out percentages and income earned.
They got a buzz from learning about bees and had an in-depth anatomy lesson while slaughtering a sheep.
Milking 350 cows in a herringbone shed was a much more real experience than with the six cows at our school farm and the students enacted the birth of a calf in the only classroom lesson.
Zoe Stevens commented, “It was a great trip; we got to do lots of hands-on stuff and learned a lot of new things.”