Quirindi with Gal­ston High School

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Experience - By Richard Young, Gal­ston Ro­tary

Gal­ston Ro­tary have sup­ported the agri­cul­tural stu­dents at Gal­ston High School with an­nual ed­u­ca­tion trips to Quirindi.

My wife, Ju­lia, and I set off from Gal­ston with the aim of get­ting to Quirindi later that day.

First stop, Sin­gle­ton for break­fast and were there joined by two other Gal­ston Ro­taryians, Brian and Har­ley.

Next was to catch up to the stu­dents bus at Ar­row­field Horse Stud. This is claimed to be the num­ber one horse stud in Aus­tralia.

About 20 brood mares in a pad­dock near the first as­sem­bly area put on a good dis­play of gal­lop­ing around the pad­dock. Then it was on to see mares with foals, some only 4 days old. The next stop was a year­ling horse train­ing area where young horses are trained ready for the year­ling sales.

The er­rands in Quirindi in­cluded pick­ing up the key for the race course from the coun­cil and food for the stu­dents. With the food in the fridge it was time to join the stu­dents at Windy Sta­tion. I thought Har­ley was a bad nav­i­ga­tor but the bus was even worse. Har­ley, Brian, Ju­lia and I were at Windy Sta­tion a good 15 min­utes be­fore the bus and stu­dents.

Windy Sta­tion is chang­ing di­rec­tion from lot feed­ing to nat­u­ral graz­ing, which means no more hor­mone treat­ment. We were also shown the sow­ing of sorghum.

The BBQ din­ner, with a few mem­bers of Quirindi Ro­tary Club, was en­joy­able. The good news for Quirindi Ro­tary is they have a lot of new younger mem­bers who are en­thu­si­as­tic.

Thurs­day morn­ing saw break­fast at the race course, then off to The Cox’s farm, owned by Robert and Muriel. This was one of the first farms vis­ited when this Gal­ston High School Year 9 Ag Class trip com­menced 34 years ago un­der the in­sti­ga­tion of for­mer char­ter mem­ber George Cromie.

Due to the rain on Wed­nes­day night, bail­ing of the pre­pared Lucerne hay was not pos­si­ble, how­ever the wrap­ping of a bale of silage was demon­strated along with the ma­chin­ery

used in cut­ting and bail­ing was shown.

Fol­low­ing the visit to the Cox farm, the stu­dents vis­ited Quirindi High School Ag de­part­ment prior to trip to Breeza Sta­tion. The four Ro­tar­i­ans ar­rived just in time to board the bus as they had made a trip to Wer­ris Creek Rail­way Sta­tion. Well worth a visit to the mu­seum in part of it.

Breeza Sta­tion grows cot­ton, both ir­ri­gated and dry, 2 types of wheat in­clud­ing du­rum, corn, sorghum, chic peas, some other smaller crops and they raise cat­tle on 12,700 acres (that sounds a lot big­ger than 5,080 hectares). This sta­tion, along with the other prop­er­ties, is sit­u­ated on the Liver­pool plains. This is the most fer­tile area in Aus­tralia along with the Dar­ling Downs.

I am sad­dened that min­ing in­ter­ests and Gov­ern­ments want to put the vi­a­bil­ity of this na­tional as­set at risk.

The Cox’s and Daniel from Breeza Sta­tion joined us for a meal at the RSL on Thurs­day night.

Fri­day af­ter break­fast off to the sheep sta­tion on top of the hill on the road to Ti­mor.

A very en­joy­able 3 days with thirty four year 9 and 10 stu­dents, three teach­ers and the Ro­tary crew.

Will I do it again? Just try and stop me.

Horse stud with brood mares in back­ground

Mother and foal

All fin­ished, out you go.

Just drill sec­tion, Ju­lia fore ground bus back­ground

Stu­dents on top of the hill

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.