High level course opens new paths to beef industry

27 Nov, 2000 03:01 PM
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SANDRA Peirce, a student at Narrogin Agricultural College, has been blazing new trails in the study of agriculture. Sandra, who hails from a farming family from Duranillin/Moodiarup, returned to the agricultural college after successfully completing Year 12 in 1999, with the specific desire to further her knowledge of the beef cattle industry. The college has facilitated her wish to implement a course that is normally offered at Curtin University's Muresk campus. Narrogin Agricultural College has enabled Sandra to complete Levels 1 through to 3 of the beef cattle management course. She loves the course because it is her goal to pursue a career in the agricultural field, and to eventually return to the family farm. The course has provided her with a heightened knowledge and background into the beef industry. It has equipped her with many skills, including the preparation of chemicals and agents, preparing cattle for show and carrying out feedlot operations. Sandra recently joined other students from the college at the Perth Royal Show where they displayed Limousins, which they had devoted many months preparing for the event. Sandra said that the Show was an incredible learning experience for the students and resulted in them gaining skills in the diverse areas of teamwork, animal preparation, show technique and cattle judging. "The experience in the cattle lanes with other breeder exposes us to employment opportunities," Sandra said. Assisting Sandra with her studies has been instructors Mark Pascoe, Daryl Corbett, Ray Batt and Peter Foster. She has worked alongside Peter Foster throughout the year and has impressed him with her eagerness to learn and her impressive cattle management skills. Sandra has loved her time at Narrogin Agricultural College because it has provided her with a "great learning environment and greater responsibility". She has also enjoyed being able to experience the full scope of country life.

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