The College conducts the following enterprises as an educational resource.
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The College is able to enhance the programs on offer by hosting a number of industry trials on site.
The WANTFA (WA No-Till Farmers Association) leases a 20ha site for its 12 year Carbon Retention trial and other trials as requested. On occasion other industry bodies also have trials.
The establishment of any trial is dependent upon the maximum benefit to student learning outcomes.
On average, 900 hectares of crop are sown to wheat, lupins, barley, canola, field peas and oats for hay. Students gain experience with the operation of modern technology-rich equipment. During the peak times of sowing and harvest, students are rostered to drive machinery throughout the day and into the evening.
The flock consists of 1,350 AMS merino ewes, of which 50 percent are selected from test results and mated to AMS rams to provide replacement ewes for the whole flock. The balance of the ewes are mated to Poll Dorset rams for the production of lambs for the prime lamb market. A 50 ewe Poll Dorset stud provides some of our ram requirements as well as student exposure to the stud breeding industry. Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer programs are run to enhance this operation.
The 45 sow herd produces pork and bacon for the slaughter market. The pigs are sold and slaughtered at Linley Valley and are of a consistently high standard. The piggery has achieved Level II Quality Assurance (QA) Accreditation. Recent refurbishment of the farrowing shed has enhanced the overall conditions of the facilities. A new weaner and grower shed commissioned in 2014 provides state of the art conditions for the pigs housed there.
The cattle are run to accommodate the specific requirements of the campus. A ration herd is maintained to supply the kitchen requirements as well as supply animals for the Perth Royal Show cattle competitions.
The College runs a 300 bird laying system housed in a barn style layout, supplying the College requirements with surplus eggs being sold locally.
In our modern facility, students learn the techniques involved in the selection, slaughter, preparation and supply of meat to the College kitchen. This is achieved through processing approximately 20 beasts, 280 sheep and 70 pigs annually.
Students learn the techniques and processes of vehicle and machinery repair and maintenance through actual daily operations and build, maintain and repair a wide range of College infrastructure.