Post a highly successful Primary School Preview Day in the Food Farm at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show the following day our Young Farming Champions Events Team where given a behind the scenes tour by members of the RAS Youth Group
On Primary School Preview Day Young Farming Champion Jasmine Whitten ran the Eggs-cellent workshop where students were given a 15 minute snapshot of how farmers ensure that only the very best eggs make it into the carton in their fridge
First stop was a tour of the Cattle Pavilions were RAS Youth Group member Rachel Rodney provided insights into the planning required to bring in the animal exhibits in the short turn around time between the show closing at night and opening next morning Quite a feat when you think over 400 cattle may be moving in and out in a six hour period.
The YFC then moved to the Woolworths Dome and met with some of the teams behind the District Exhibit displays and discovered there is over 12 months of planing to bring those magnificent display to life.
It was then onto the Poultry Pavilion where RAS Rural Achiever Joe Murphy shared with the YFC his journey to become a Rural Achiever and the role of the Rural Achievers in assisting with running events at the show.
RAS Youth Group members Tobie Payne and Andrew Horne then introduced the YFC to the media centre team and the main arena announcers. The YFC discovered the Showground facilities entertain up to 1,000,000 people during the 12 days of the show and provide venues for sporting and community events for the other 353 days of the year.
Each year at the show there is a strong focus on providing visitors with genuine and fun agricultural experiences. As it happens Young Farming Champion Tim Eyes is the night manager of one we think is brilliant ( almost as impressive as The Food Farm)
Little Hands on the Land is a working farm in The Daily Telegraph Paddock teaching kids from 2 to 10 the crop-to-shop agriculture story. Its a free activity that takes the little farmers on a journey through 10 stations including a milking barn, chook shed, fruit orchard, tractor pull and more before they get to the farmer’s market to trade their produce for farm dollars. Their hard-earned farm dollars can be spent at the last station – the supermarket.
In this video Tim explains how Little Hands on the Land works in the video below and our Young Farming Champions very enthusiastically took up the offer to show you what a whirlwind Little Hands Experience is like .
As you can see a good time was had by all including our intern for 2018 Haylee Murrell who assisted YFC Tayla Field to run the Seed to Salad workshop
Meet Deanna and Lucy tomorrow they will be engaging up to 1000 primary school students in conversations about Wool at Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day, Here are some of the WOOL FACTS they will be sharing on Social Media. We are inviting our Aussie wool producers to suggest some more.
You can suggest via the comments section on the blog, on Twitter ( @art4ag) or on Facebook (Art4Agriculture). We look forward to your big ideas
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Today our Young Farming Champions are bumping in for Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day
Tomorrow they will be delivering 20 minute workshops to up to 1000 primary school students
Emma and Sharna will be talking all things cotton. The Art4Agriculture team will be supporting them from the side-lines with a social media campaign
Here are some of the graphics we will be spreading far and wide
Shout out to our Cotton Farmers – is there anything else you would like us to share???
You can make suggestions via the comments section on the blog, on Twitter ( @art4ag) or on Facebook (Art4Agriculture). We look forward to your big ideas and we will endeavour to deliver
Spreading the cotton love
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Meet Young Farming Champion, Farmer and Agronomist Emma Ayliffe who with farmer Craig Newham will be running the Good Bugs, Bad Bugs Workshop at Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day.
Read Emma’s story in AGWomen Global HERE
Student participants will go home with a new appreciation of the insects around us using cotton farming as the model. The first thing they will learn is there are NO actual bad bugs, just bugs in the wrong place at the wrong time and there are some very pesky little bugs that just love to chew cotton plants. With Australia being the most water efficient cotton producing country in the world and (with Egypt) producing the best quality cotton in the world ( ours is the whitest and the strongest) our cotton farmers are being very diligent about encouraging the bugs in the wrong place at the wrong time to find somewhere else to live and dine.
Students will discover our cotton farmers have developed a very impressive pest management system known as Integrated Pest Management or IPM for short.
Its a big picture process that requires
1. Knowing your enemy and your friends.
2. Taking a year round approach.
3. Thinking of the farm and surrounding vegetation as a whole system.
4. Having good on-farm hygiene.
5. Considering options to escape, avoid or reduce pests.
6. Sampling crops effectively and regularly.
7. Aiming to grow a healthy crop.
8. Choosing insecticides wisely to conserve beneficials (good bugs) and bees.
Emma and Craig will introduce the students to the good bugs also known as beneficials and the bag bugs that the good bugs keep under control. Then the students will test their bug knowledge
And like Emma they will find that spiders can be your friend ( at a distance)
Join the Young Farming Champions at Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day. Meet the team HERE
Watch what we do
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Young Farming Champion Jasmine Whitten will partner with intern Jessica Fearnley to deliver the Eggscellent workshop at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day.
Students will be taken on a journey to become eggsperts discovering how the humble egg is good for both their brain and body. They will be given the chance to become an eggspert starting with dressing for the part (watch this space). Then the real challenge will begin! They will be put to the test as an eggspert. The challenge is for them to determine if the egg should be stamped as consumer quality and put into the egg carton or not.
Recognising only the very best eggs reach your fridge students will perform a scientific test using a haugh machine and a yolk colour chart to determine if the inside of the egg is of the highest of quality.
Eggs provide a number of minerals and nutrients which are good for both the brain and body.
Let’s discover why they are so good for kids?
- Eggs contain choline which helps in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involve in nerve and brain functioning and memory. Without it our bodies and brain just wouldn’t function properly.
- One serve of eggs provides around a third of the recommended dietary intake of folate for children. Folate is essential for the growth and maintenance of healthy cells. Ideal for those growing bodies!!
- One serve of eggs provides around half the recommended dietary intake of vitamin A for children. Vitamin A is essential for growth and eye health. That means if we have a eyes or a body we should eat eggs!
- Eggs contain Zinc which plays a role in cell division, cell growth, and wound healing! Exactly what active and growing bodies need especially if their prone to needing bandaids!
We are looking forward to the newly minted eggsperts going home and educating their friends and family about why eggs are good for the body and brain.
Meet our Dynamic Duo Young Farming Champions Lucy Collingridge (L) and Deanna Johnston (R) who will be coordinating our Amazing Wool Workshops at Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day
Lucy is a self confessed townie finding her way into agriculture after spending January school holidays visiting family on their farm in the Central West of NSW when she was 15. Lucy now works as a biosecurity officer with Local Land Services.
Deanna grew up on her family farm 6.5 hours west of Sydney. Her earliest memories are of the shearing shed and she had already completed her Certificate IV in Woolclassing and Certificate II in Shearing by the time she was 16. Deanna loves sharing her love of wool with everyone who will listen and found the perfect job doing shearing demonstrations at Nogo Station as part of the Outback Pioneers tourism experience
Lucy and Deanna will offer the students plenty of opportunities to learn about wool, play with wool and even learn how to class wool.
If your want to be a wool classer like Deanna this is what she will share with you
- Wool has to be a certain length, between 60mm and 100mm. if the wool is shorter or longer than that farmers are charged a penalty when they sell their wool. The reason for this is wool processors have set their machines up to process wool between 60 and 100mm long. If the wool is longer or shorter then they have to recalibrate their machines to process the wool.
- To measure the wool, wool classers use their finger as a ruler. Each wool classer will know how long his/her finger is. This is so you don’t have to carry a ruler around with you in your pocket and measuring the wool against your finger is quick and easy. Do you know how long your finger is? Well you might need to know when you become a wool classer!
- Another test the wool classer will do to ensure the quality of wool is high is a strength test. You hold the top of the staple (a clump of wool fibres) and hold the bottom of the staple and pull it. If it doesn’t break the quality is high. If the wool breaks it means that the animal may have undergone some sort of stress and put more energy into recovering from the stress than growing wool.
- The wool classer feels the wool by running the wool between their fingers. This is to feel how soft the wool is. Softness of the wool is an indicator of how fine the wool is. The finer the wool the more suitable the wool is for clothing. If the wool feels less soft, the wool will be better suited to jackets, and maybe even carpets and curtains. Have you ever worn an itchy woollen garment? Well that’s probably because that garment wasn’t made from fine Merino wool, it was made out of broader wool.
- The last thing a wool classer does is look at the colour of the wool. The wool should be a bright white colour. The small discolouration is just dirt and can be washed out. We want to eliminate is wool that is black and brown. Wool can only be dyed darker than the colour it is and there is no colour darker than black so black wool cannot be used in commercial processing. The way the black fibres are formed they don’t soak up as much dye so that’s another reason why we want white wool. White wool can be dyed to whatever colour.
Deanna and Lucy are looking forward to the students telling everybody how much fun they had learning about Amazing Wool
Its clear that Deanna thinks the wool industry is a great place to be
Meet Young Farming Champion Sharna Holman. She is crazy about cotton. Have a 10 minute conversation with her and you will be crazy about cotton too.
Read Sharna’s story in AGWomenGlobal here
Sharna will be presenting the Cotton or Not workshop at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Primary School Preview Day. Sharna’s hands on workshop will share with the students how Cotton plays a big part in our everyday lives. We sleep in it, dry ourselves with it, wrap our bodies in it and we even cook with its oil. And it’s produced by Aussie cotton growers right here under the Australian sun.
In fact right down Eastern Seaboard from Clermont in Queensland to just over the Victorian border. You can even find Cotton at the back of Bourke
Sharna is a city kid, introduced to agriculture at school. She fell in love with the cotton industry and is super keen for young people to follow her into the industry. In fact there are careers in Cotton from A to Z
We can all be very proud of our Cotton industry and Australian Cotton farmers
Some interesting facts for you
- In an average year, Australia’s cotton growers produce enough cotton to clothe 500 million people.
- Australia is the most water efficient cotton producing country in the world. Source
- Australia and Egypt produce the best quality cotton in the world. Our cotton is the whitest and strongest. Source
- The Australian Cotton industry attracts young people like Sharna. Even their farmers are young. The average age of Cotton farmers is 39 and 40% of cotton farmers are female
- And its good for the planet. Net on-farm emissions of greenhouse gases on cotton farms are negative because cotton plants store more carbon than is released from production inputs used during growth.
Primary School students can meet Sharna at Stand No 13 on 22nd March 2018
Secondary Students can hear from and chat to Sharna at the Careers Workshop below
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