Dan­ish stu­dent learns all about life on the farm

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

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