Danish student learns all about life on the farm
ROTARY Exchange student Martin Jensen was one of six Burnett State College students learning about life on the farm.
The Certificate III in Agriculture students put in a full work day each Wednesday at Brian Pastures Research Station, experiencing the range of station activities, working with staff and managing some projects.
Teacher Mark Harm said Martin learned Australia was a very different experience from the much cooler and wetter environment of Denmark.
“Martin is enjoying the outdoors work, and starting to learn the range of different jobs and skills and about the kinds of machinery and vehicles used here to support farm work,” Mr Harm said.
Newly-appointed stock supervisor Joe Kneebone has worked with the students and joined the staff inspection of a fence replacement project near the Brian Pastures’ nursery area, he said.
“Mr Kneebone comes with a wide range of experience both in cattle and farming, as well as having mechanical workshop experience,” Mr Harm said.
“Students worked on all stages of this project, digging the holes, erecting strainer assemblies, putting up posts and straining the wires, as part of their Certificate III in Agriculture.”
The first students, who started last year, will graduate in November.
Recently, outgoing Ag Force Gayndah branch chairman Terry Cleary presented the school with a $250 donation for Certificate III students’ work shirts.