Agriculture

Meningie Area School

Agriculture is offered as a subject option at Years 10 - 12 at Meningie Area School. Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to undertake a Certificate II in Agriculture through the Coorong Mallee Trade Skills Centre. This is a joint project between the school and Coomandook Area School to offer Vocational Education and Training units through a Registered Training Organisation so that the qualifications gained by the students are recognised nationally. The units gained contribute toward the student's SACE requirements. Students at Year 11 may also  choose to study a Stage 1 subject through the SACE Board's  Agriculture and Horticulture Subject Outline. Students at Stage 2 may wish to continue with their vocational certificate or they may choose to study Stage 2 Agriculture and Horticulture. The subject outline can be viewed here.  
 
The school has an agricultural area of approx 5 hectares and leases another 15 hectares from the Coorong District Council.
 
Livestock production is the main focus of the school's agricultural program with students working with cattle, sheep, goats and poultry. The school breeds 1st Cross and Prime Lambs using a Texel ram. These lambs are used to teach the basic husbandry techniques required in running a flock of sheep. The students also use these lambs to develop skills and knowledge in assessing and preparing animals for sale. They use these skills to select animals to be entered in a competition held at Bordertown in March each year. The school has been very successful in this competition in recent years.
 
 Each year the school enters the Led Steer Competition at the Royal Adelaide Show and has many ribbons to show for its efforts in this field. Being situated in a strong dairying area, the school has also raised dairy heifers from weaning to springer stage. This has allowed students to see the importance of correct nutrition and growth in the development of a good milking cow.
 
The school also has an aquaculture facility which is currently being upgraded to a total capacity of 6000 litres of tank space. This has been used in the past to raise rainbow trout but with the addition of the ability to control water temperature, barramundi may be grown in the near future.
 

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MENINGIE 
AREA SCHOOL

1 North Tce MENINGIE 5264
Principal: Mr. Iain Love
Partnership: Coorong Mallee 

 

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