Japanese pair experience work on Australian farms
TWO young Japanese students from Takanabe Agricultural Senior High School on the island of Kyushu have been building their knowledge during several weeks’ work on two Kiewa Valley farms.
Kazuma Fukushima has been studying beef cattle with Leonie Roper at Mt York property and Ryuto Aizawa has been learning dairying with the Prime family at Mullindolingong.
The boys, who are both aged 17, have been staying with Ruth and Don Pollock at Mt Beauty Homestay, which specialises in accommodating overseas students.
The Pollocks have given them intensive tutoring in English, as well as taking them to visit other places in the district to expand their knowledge of animal husbandry.
Ryuto explained that although he was reared on a dairy farm, it is very different from those in Australia.
“On my father’s farm, all the cows are kept in sheds, not in paddocks,” he said.
It’s not surprising then that his favourite activity at Mullindolingong is rounding up cattle on a quad bike. NEW KNOWLEDGE: Japanese teenagers Ryuto Aizawa and Kazuma Fukushima pictured with Tim Prime are learning about Australian methods of agriculture in Tawonga.