Ja­panese pair ex­pe­ri­ence work on Aus­tralian farms

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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