Farm

Farm

 

This site comprises of an area of 920 Ha of which 35 Ha is irrigated for perennial pasture and horticulture pursuits, with the remaining for dry “hill” country used for extensive grazing.

Agriculture
AHC20116 Certificate ll in Agriculture
AHC30116 Certificate lll in Agriculture
AHC21216 Certificate ll in Rural Operations
AHC20316 Certificate ll in Production Horticulture
AHC21416 Certificate ll in Wool Handling
AHC21316 Certificate ll in Shearing

Dairy

The College operates a side rapid exit dairy, milking approximately 130 Holstein Friesian cows. Full production figures are maintained with computer controlled supplementary feeding and integrated identification systems, activity meters have been introduced to help in heat detection to aid the breeding programme.  Females are inseminated both naturally and artificially and the dairy complex provides the perfect opportunity for training purposes.  The Dairy operates 2 centre pivot irrigators which cover 26 Ha, plus an additional 8ha under surface irrigation for summer fodder crops.

The Holstein Stud is involved in preparing and showing heifers at Harvey, Brunswick and Perth Royal Shows.

Beef

The beef herd consists of approximately 350 Angus base breeders.  The progeny of the commercial herd is sold to various markets.  A feed lot trial occurs during Term 1.  The Angus Stud consists of 40 females, with bulls bred and selected to be used in the commercial herd.  Students are involved in the preparing and showing of stud and commercial cattle at different venues throughout the year

 

Sheep

The College comprises of a 500 head self replacing fine wool Merino flock which includes a Fine Wool Poll Merino Stud and ewes mated to Poll Dorset rams for prime lamb production.  Students are trained in general sheep husbandry, shearing and wool handling.  Students are involved in various shows and competitions throughout the year including wool and ram judging at Wagin Woolorama, Shearer/Shed Hand Course which is organised by TAFE and utilises the facilities at  Wokalup.

 

Viticulture

The viticulture section includes several table grape varieties including 18 vines of Flame Seedless and   126 vines of Crimson, all these grapes are grown under nets and used to supply the kitchen or sold at Open Day.  Wokalup houses a unique source of grape root stock and wine varieties. 

The wine grapes provide the foundation for a relationship between local wine makers and the College.  The College grows 700 vines of Shiraz as a commercial crop and at times is sold to Harvey River Bridge Estate for production of port.  90 vines of Chardonnay and 90 of Cabernet Sauvignon are grown plus 180 different varieties of Merlot, Santa Vesi Tempranillo.  

Students are taught all aspects of vine management including pruning, budding and grafting.  The Department of Agriculture & Food WA has 6 rows of research table grape vines which are maintained by the College.

 

Horticulture

College staff provide opportunity for l horticulture where students learn the basics of propagation and maintenance. Seedlings are grown in a nursery facility and used in garden areas and for sale at Open Day.  The College has a hothouse where students learn to grow a wide range of plant varieties and a shadehouse where vegetable and tree seedlings are propagated.  Cut flowers are also grown for sale at Open Day and Mothers Day which provides exposure of floriculture processes to students. 

 

An extensive citrus orchard involving 300 Late Lanes Navels, 100 Navellina Navels exist with the fruit being sold loose or packed on site for the commercial arena.    The College also grows approximately 500 Imperial Mandarins and 300 Mystique mandarin trees.  The horticulture site is utilised by industry field days as a best practice management site.

 

Pastures

Students are involved in pasture establishment and renovation, silage and meadow hay production and summer cropping.  Dry land and irrigation fodder cropping techniques are demonstrated.  Harvey Water utilises the Colleges resources to trial alternative summer fodder crop under irrigation.

 

Poultry

Approximately 160 free range Hyline chicken living in deep litter in the poultry section. They are housed in a  deep litter barn style free range facility at Wokalup. producing eggs for the College kitchen and commercial markets.

 

Aquaculture

The College have a small Aquaculture section at Wokalup, which they are currently expanding for students to be involved in the caring and breeding of a variety of fish.

 

Equine

The equine section is situated close to residence,  enabling students to attend to their horses after hours.  The facilities can house up to 25 student horses, plus 13 College horses, tack up area and tack room. Students have access to an arena and tracks around the farm.

Horse agistment facilities are available for students wishing to have their horse on site for the Equine program and recreational purposes.

 

The Farm

Poultry

Approximately 200 Hyline chickens living in a deep litter, facility at our Eco –Shelter, producing eggs for the College kitchen, Open Day and local sales. 

Aquaculture

A batch of trout is grown out annually.  An aquaculture research grant is being used to identify the potential for commercial aquaculture facilities at Wokalup.  The College is investigating freshwater Australian native fish for breeding and release back into river systems.  The future is to grow out 2 fin fish species and raise marron in grown out ponds.

Butchershop

The newly commissioned College butchershop processes farm grown beef, sheep and pigs and packs ready for kitchen use.  Students receive instruction in breaking down carcases, manufacturing small goods and using techniques such as cryovacing and smoking etc.

Pigs

The College has 5 sows and 1 boar which are used to breed piglets to provide rations for the kitchen.  This section is an intensive operations where students regularly weigh and monitor pig health for the market.

 

 

 

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