Students take an early lesson in agriculture
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