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Happenings at the RSC Agricultural Plot

28/05/2018
Happenings at the RSC Agricultural Plot
 
It’s a boy!! ! We are so excited to announce the safe arrival of a boy calf for proud mother “Desiree the dairy cow”.  The arrival has been greatly anticipated by RSC students and staff.  Both mum and bub are doing well. The Year 9 and 10 Ag classes were lucky enough to be first to welcome the calf into the world.  As of yet there is no name, watch this space.  . 
 
Thanks to Nick Cameron for donating the poddy calves.
 
On the note of arrivals, we have also successfully incubated and hatched numerous chickens from our poultry section.  These chickens are also currently for sale, along with numerous roosters (Sussex and White Leghorn x).  The students and staff were counting down the days till hatching and the bantam hens happily “adopted” the chicks.  If you are interested in purchasing our poultry please contact the school (Senior and Middle campus) and talk to Mr. Tim Rogers (Ag Assistant).
 
The Easter holidays also saw the arrival of two native bee hives.  These hives were sourced from Brisbane and the bees have been very busy collecting pollen and nectar around the agricultural plot.  The native bees are stingless and the Year 7’s have been eagerly learning about the bees’ behaviours and tasting different sources of honey.  Mrs Jo Rickert also delighted the Year 7s with some honey she purchased whilst in Tasmania which we tried and were amazed at the soft yet rich flavour.
 
The Year 9 / 10 Ag class are looking into plant production and the effects of growing conditions on different plants, with the Year 11 and 12 agricultural practices group designing and attempting to successfully produce oat fodder for the chooks and Desiree.  The other Year 10 class are looking at selecting cattle and the qualities of meat.  The Year 8 class are looking at Dairy cattle.
 
The vegetable gardens have been freshened up, with lettuce seedlings planted  - kindly donated by Ms Sue Price and family.  The SEU group has been working with Mrs Ladbrook to get their garden area going and have also been looking after the plants at the agricultural section.
It has been a very busy term and we are just half way through with only more exciting events and learning opportunities to come.