Kristin Murdock, Naracoorte Community News
With the school year approaching an end, students have been busy finishing off projects.
The Year 11 and 12 students have investigated using the rhizobox technique to measure the impact of grazing intervals on the development and growth of roots for ryecorn.
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“The project taught me more about ryecorn and how to manage it by running this trial,” Year 11 student Myles Bittner said.
The students were guided by the expertise of local Elders agronomist, Adam Hancock. Naracoorte High School are thankful for Adam’s continuing support of the Agricultural Studies program.
Shearing and marketing of the lambs has also occurred recently, with Agricultural Studies students from all year levels taking part in the process.
The team from Shearer Woolhandler Training spent a day with students teaching wool handling skills and the basics of shearing, including the chance for many students to have a go on the hand piece.
Middle school students have been managing the marketing of the lambs including investigating the different finishing systems and the impact on growth and prices received.
Year eight’s have been busy growing and managing their vegetable gardens and running the chicken enterprise including caring for the layers and collecting eggs ready for sale.
This has also included designing a new chicken facility for the farm, with the hope that one of these designs will be built on the farm next year.
Year seven’s have been testing soils and understanding the impact of soil type on crop growth, and are looking forward to finishing the year off learning about bees.
This article appeared in the Naracoorte Community News.