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Agricultural Science heads south

On  May 26, Year 11/12 Agricultural Science students, along with Mrs Goudie, Mr Beckman and pre-service teacher Mrs Waddell, headed off on a school camp adventure. The students are currently studying an agribusiness unit and this excursion aimed at exposing them to a broad range of agricultural businesses.
Our first stop was Beef City feedlot where our bus was escorted around the site. We witnessed the feed rations being blended, and observed the pens which were full of cattle.
McLean Farms outside of Pittsworth was the next business along the way. This poultry farm produces both cage and free-range eggs which are marketed through  Sunny Queen.
The last stop for the day was Lemon Tree -  a dairy and beef feedlot enterprise.  Here students learnt about business diversification as Lemon Tree began with dairying and has since branched out to feedlotting due to prices and markets.
We arrived at Goondiwindi showgrounds for the night, and rolled out our swags in the shearing shed. Although somewhat open to the elements we at least had a roof over our heads and were out of the dirt for the night (and the showers were hot).
We were up at daybreak and ready early for our trip around a cotton farm and a visit to the cotton gin. We met our guide from Goondiwindi Cotton who took us over the river into NSW and gave us a detailed look around a cotton property and allowed us to walk through the cotton crop. A quick stop back at the headquarters showed the students how this company value adds to their business by using the cotton to produce clothing which is marketed worldwide. It also allowed Mrs Goudie to purchase a gorgeous Goondiwindi Cotton shirt to add to her collection.
Our journey to Stanthorpe was  quiet as some students caught up on some much needed sleep.  We arrived at Sutton’s Apple Farm in time for a delicious lunch featuring a range of apple juices and  ‘yummy’ apple pie.  Mrs Sutton gave a fantastic presentation on all the ways in which their business has diversified and value-added to their apple crop, and Mr Sutton showed us the process of extracting apple juice.
Stanthorpe showgrounds was our home for the night and this time we were treated to a pavilion - complete with concrete floor. In the afternoon, Commonwealth Bank Agribusiness Consultant, Belinda, presented to the students enabling them to gain insight into the roles and responsibilities of an agribusiness consultant – a role they are required to assume for their current assessment.
After a brief sleep-in and some bookwork, we were back on the highway headed to Warwick for lunch in the park and then on to Preston Peak Wines where students learnt about vineyard management and wine production which this company undertakes on the Granite Belt. Their wine is marketed through the cellar door located at Preston Peak, where they have now diversified into a wedding and events location with a gorgeous scenic backdrop.
Our final stop on our agribusiness trip was Stahmann Farms, a pecan and macadamia nut factory located in Toowoomba. Chelsea’s father, Mr Burke, gave us a full tour of the factory which was a fantastic experience and the taste tests were delicious as well!!
Thank you Mrs Goudie for organising this camp and giving us the opportunity to  view many agribusinesses across southern Queensland. Thank you also to Mr Beckman , our busdriver for the tour.