Stu­dents take an early lesson in agri­cul­ture

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

IT’S not ev­ery day that Year 6 stu­dents get to have a Science class in such a prac­ti­cal way, but Hugh Mitchell, Ge­orge Kidd and Billy Tink were pretty im­pressed when their ex­per­i­ment of feed­ing some lambs grain and oth­ers hay got them out of the class­room.

The lambs were put through Fletcher In­ter­na­tional’s pro­cess­ing chain and the boys fol­lowed their car­casses the whole way through, with ex­perts show­ing them how to weigh the lambs, score them and much more.

Then it was into a Q&A with com­pany founder Roger Fletcher who was pretty pleased when he asked them what they wanted to do when they grew up, all three re­spond­ing that they wanted to work some­where within the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

“It’s a start and I think a lot of it is up­bring­ing and see­ing what can be done. If these kids can get as wide an ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble, it’s a good thing, they see what else hap­pens in the world,” Mr Fletcher told Dubbo Photo

He be­lieves it’s vi­tally im­por­tant for lo­cal stu­dents to be able to run com­par­a­tive tri­als feed­ing lambs, but then also walk through the sup­ply chain process to see how they’re processed and to see how the car­casses mea­sure up.

“With­out that knowl­edge you can’t do any­thing, you’ve re­ally got to go and see the sup­pli­ers, see what hap­pens. It’s like ask­ing if milk comes from out of a bot­tle, there’s more to it than that, and it’s great to see these kids be­ing ex­posed to the broader picture,” he said.

This spe­cial learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence only hap­pens with a lot of work and or­gan­i­sa­tion by the com­pany, with em­ploy­ees given the tasks of help­ing the kids run the sheep through the process and ex­plain­ing things to them ev­ery step of the way, but Roger Fletcher says its nec­es­sary for busi­nesses such as his to in­vest in the fu­ture of the re­gion.

“We see it as part of what we’ve got to do with the city, work­ing with lo­cal peo­ple, and it does get it out there that Dubbo’s more than just a city with shops. There’s a range of in­dus­tries here and there are a lot of busi­nesses which sup­port each other and cre­ate lo­cal jobs – and a lot of that comes back to agri­cul­ture,” Mr Fletcher said. NEWS

Year 6 stu­dents Hugh Mitchell, Ge­orge Kidd and Billy Tink were given the opportunit­y to learn about Fletcher In­ter­na­tional’s pro­cess­ing chain. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO

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