Digging into what an agricultural career would look like

HANDS ON: Rockhampton SHS students get into the thick of things at the Belmont career day.
HANDS ON: Rockhampton SHS students get into the thick of things at the Belmont career day.

BELMONT Research Station recently played host to more than 65 senior high school students, offering them the opportunity to see what a career in agriculture has to offer.

During the day on August 31, students received an insight to life on a cattle station and heard from speakers about other agricultural careers from ag science, pest and weed management to soil health and climate change.

Rockhampton State High agriculture teacher Miss Janine Milne said there was plenty on offer for the students.

"We did a rotation of activities... the first was nutrition and they had a digestive system specimen, the presenter cut it up and we talked about how it works," she said.

"Fitzroy River Coastal Catchments, they did a session on pests and looking at the environment and how to protect at the same time. There was a grassland session with a bit of an experiment looking at two researchers - their projects had been about the water capacity of different landtypes.

"We had a session on wild dogs and pests so they looked at dogs, rabbits and gave a few case studies of what producers around regional Queensland are doing - a bloke at Tambo I think he had sheep to combat dogs, he had alpacas and a whole range of things to scare the dogs." She said it was a very worthwhile experience.

"The kids really loved it," Miss Milne said.

"I would definitely recommend this experience to agriculture and science groups as it presents such a wide array of sessions and career opportunities in this very exciting sector.

"I think it is important to expose students to what this industry is all about and the content of the sessions fits in perfectly with the school curriculum."

The day was organised by AgForce.

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