Ag Club's flying start
L-R: Agricultural Club students Claire Kitching, Megan Barton and Elizabeth Wade pick and pack chicks for the Steggles Meat Pairs Competition.
The Agriculture Club is off to a flying start in 2018 with a poultry focus.
We have seven beautiful Light Sussex hens, sixteen adorable broiler (meat) chicks, and lots of excited girls who are learning about egg and meat production.
The club will be entering three of the hens in the Purebred Layers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This involves selecting well-matched birds and putting together a project about their husbandry and laying. Four of the experienced poultry handlers will be competing in the Junior Showmanship Schools division. They will present the birds to a judging panel, demonstrating handling skills and breed knowledge.
On 5 February three of the CLub's girls went to the Showground to pick up the school’s day-old chicks for the Steggles Meat Pairs Competition.
We have 16 little 45 gram balls of fluff that will weigh over two kilograms when they go to the Show in March.
The Meat Pairs Competition requires students to track the growth and feed consumption of their birds, document husbandry and calculate feed conversion efficiency. Students learn about the science of modern poultry farming.
Club members will travel to the Show on 29 March to take part in the Schools Program and hear the Judge’s debrief about the Schools poultry competitions. This will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Australian food and fibre production, as well as getting pointers for future competitions.