Technology in the beef industry has big impact on Richmond High School

After visiting Cranebrook High School we jumped back in the truck ( image is everthing)took the secenic route to Richmond

Art4Agriculuture Young Farming Champion visited Richmond High School situated in outer Western Sydney as part of their Archibull Prize journey to share her story

Alison runs her own agricultural consultancy firm providing on farm technology implementation for farmers

Her area of speciality is NLIS data base management and having engaged her to assist with Clover Hill Dairies NLIS database upgrade I can provide testament she is highly qualified, efficient and in this case a blessing in disguise. Every farmer knows its very important to adhere to strict biosecurity guidelines. But I digress 

The students were also fascinated by the development of the QR code app. See Alison’s presentation to the students for further information     

With Richmond High School students at sport art teacher Simon Wyatt was on hand to share the Richmond High School Archibull Prize journey and the story of “Patti” with the judges. 

What an awesome job he does. He shares the journey with you here

NLIS is the National Livestock Identification System developed to help Australia trace animals, improve market access, and manage disease and residue control issues. In cattle, electronic ear tags or rumen boluses (an electronic tag deposited in the stomach) are used to individually identify and trace their movements in NLIS. By using this method, individual animal movements can be recorded on a central database, enabling fast and accurate tracking of cattle movements for disease or residue-affected animals. The system also provides documentary records of movements, such as waybills and combined NVDs and waybills. 

How does NLIS work?

Because NLIS is both electronic and permanent, individual animals can be traced faster and more accurately than with the previous tail tag and waybill systems. In the event of a disease outbreak, quarantine measures can be deployed faster and with limited costs to industry and government.

The system also allows for faster return to business enabling the rapid removal of suspect infected or contaminated animals. The previous tail tag system tracked cattle from their consignment property to sale or slaughter. Beyond that, tracing relied on paper-based records held on farms or elsewhere.

Where is the demand for NLIS coming from?

Global trends are very clear; our major customers and competitors are rapidly moving towards individual animal identification tracking systems. In 1999, the European Union was the first to require individual animal identification to support hormonal growth promotant (HGP)-free certification. Canada, Japan, Uruguay, and Brazil all have government and industry-backed individual animal tracing systems in place.

Key benefits for the Australian livestock industry

  • reduced financial and social impact of a livestock disease or residue incident due to faster and more accurate livestock identification and traceability
  • being prepared for international customers demanding lifetime traceability
  • maintaining access to overseas markets
  • ensuring domestic and export consumers continue to have confidence in Australian beef and dairy products
  • upholding Australia’s reputation as a producer of safe, wholesome beef and dairy products.

Key benefits for producers

Direct benefits from NLIS depend on how a producer uses the technology in their business. These can include:

  • improved management and breeding decisions by using individual animal performance data linked to carcase feedback to fine tune compliance with customer specifications
  • saving time and more accurate individual animal data due to automated electronic reading
  • improved deterrent to stock theft.

    Richmond High School Archibull prize 2011 Entry "Patti"

 

Who would of thought you can turn a cow into a table?

Cranebook High School, can that’s who!!!!!!!!

Third cab off the rank on day 2 of the Archibull Prize 2011 was Cranebrook High School in Western Sydney where the agriculture team under the guidance of the hard working and much loved Dani Saxon signed up for a second year of the Archibull Prize.

This year students from year 8 to 11 collaborated to tell the story of sheep with the assistance of two life size fibreglass calves.  

Here is the background in the students own words

We learnt about sheep production, the processes of farm gate to plate and ensuring the sustainability of our future.

In the creation of our Archibull’s we focused on sheep production, both meat and fleece. We incorporated this industry with sustainability and the farm gate to plate process themes to present to the judges our two bulls.

One Bull shows the history, process and variation through the fleece industry. The colours of the bull resemble a large quilt, with the white stitching between each colour. The painted tools scattered across this quilt show the history of shearing (showing the old hand shears and the modern electronic shears). The other tools are those used for husbandry practices on the majority of sheep farms in Australia (including the drench gun, elastrator and shears). The French knitted fleece over the bull symbolises the bleaching, dying and processing stages of fleece. For natural fleece to be usable by commercial produces, much of it must be dyed to suit the consumer demand (in this case it is blue). The French knitting gives the viewer a clear image of the products created from sheep fleece.

Cranebrook’s second bull shows more of the farm gate to plate processes, incorporating sheep within it. On one side of this bull there are lush paddocks of pasture and extensive breeding of sheep and other farm animals. The Woolworths truck (a sponsor of the Archibull Prize) shows the long packaging, processing and transporting stage of most agricultural products. Having the Woolworths truck driving straight onto the dining table, on the opposite side of the bull, gives the idea of the farm gate to plate process (explaining to the viewer where there food and fibre come from). The opposite side of the bull (the dining table) shows the products from these animals and crops, such as the hamburger, sauces, chicken, fruit and vegetables. This gives the viewer a direct connection with the bull’s, as most of these products are found on everyday dining tables.

Cranebrook’s second bull shows the farm gate to plate processes

Starting our Archibull’s was probably the most difficult stage of the Archibull Prize, combing all the ideas from across the school into two bull’s. Several classes ranging from year 8 to year 11 contributed ideas and sketches, which were put together and rearranged by our teachers.

Once we had created the final design we began painting our base colours on both bull’s. On the table bull the legs were painted in a brown colour, to resemble the wooden legs of a table, whilst one side of the body was painted blue with a green horizon and the other side a peachy pink of a dining room.  On the fleece bull we painted large patchy areas of bright colours and small white markings around each section (stitch marks).

To create our dining bull we cut out pieces of thin wood for the table (which was lots of fun, trying to make the wood fit around the shape of the bull). We then glued large blocks of wood on the sides of the body and attached the table. After time the table eventually fell off (ooops!) and we decided to drill the table onto the bull rather than glue. We then placed the pasture of grass on the blue side and a cliché dining room tablecloth (red and white checked) on the other. Once the pasture and tablecloth was in place, the real fun began. We used plastic foods, animals and other crafty items to create a farm and a dining room. On the dining side we placed two plates of food, in front of two dining table chairs. On these plates consisted of agricultural products such as beef, chips and sauces. This shows the processes from the other side of the bull and shows the viewer where their food comes from. The window on the wall shows the view of the paddock from inside the dining room, with the sheep in the distance. This connects both the production and consumption of sheep. On the opposite side the small pond, surrounded by ducks and geese shows the biodiversity of a farm, and symbolises the water and nutrients needed to run a farm. The hay feeders scattered in the paddock shows the effort put into farms to correctly manage animals and provide nutrients for livestock. The various species of farm animals show the many different kinds of agricultural products produced to feed Sydney for a day.

Cranebrook’s second bull was created through the painting of tools and equipment used to produce sheep. The old hand shears show the history of shearing mechanism, compared to the electronic shears used now. These were painted on by using our own tools used on our school farm. A drench gun, elastrator, castrating knife, NLIS tags and ear tagger are also found on the bull, to show the husbandry practices used to produce sheep. Without these tools many livestock would die from pests and disease and many could not be identified. Once the basis of these shapes were painted we added definition and detail to create a more realistic image of them. We then attached the French knitting to the bull, which resembles the processing of natural wool (dying, bleaching and spinning).

The Archibull Prize journey was amazing, we learnt so much about the production of many different agricultural products, learning where our food and fibre comes from and how they reach our homes.

Makeover for the Beef Industry

In our last post about our journey to find the Archibull Prize 2011 winner we told you about the Story of Beef entry from Caroline Chisholm College. We now share with you their video entry which is task 3 of the Archibull Prize 2011

The task is to put together a short video, no longer than 5 minutes to raise the profile of the school’s allocated food or fibre industry ( in this case beef) and promote the Australian farmers that produce it.

We can assure you Caroline Chisholm’s entry is sure to make you smile

Next Gen doing Cotton proud

Another Archie unveiled this time from the clever team at Macarthur
Anglican School

Teacher Helen Glover sent Macarthur Anglican Young Farming
Champion Hollie Baillieu a sneak peak

Hollie was amazed and proud and so she should be. (Let me
tell you the Young Farming Champions are all very competitive. Its X Factor
mindset amongst the YFC mentors)

Here is Hollie’s reply to Helen

This is fantastic – I love Gossy!!! She is absolutely incredible
and her name is perfect. The blog is such fun and it is great to hear
all the comments from the kids. You obviously put on a very fun ‘cotton day’.
It’s great to see that you have put so much emphasis on learning about
cotton and the many elements within the industry.

Please congratulate the school for me

 AND HERE IS GOSSY IN ALL HER GLORY

Gossy Front
Gossy Back

 

 You can find the presentation Hollie gave to the students here

FYI THE BLOG HOLLIE MENTIONS IS ON A SECURE EDUCATION WEBSITE. WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

Farmers and Next Gen working together for a sustainable future

Another Archie is unveiled

Crestwood High School "Blossom" Side 1

Young Farming Champion Melissa Henry visited Crestwood High School. This is what she had to say when she saw pictures of Blossom and read the students blog http://crestwoodarchibull.blogspot.com/

I am so excited!! I love their Archibull – particularly the wool processing side of the cow. I think they have done a fantastic job and have really understood the elements of wool production and processing for a city market! I can’t wait  for the final presentation and awards in December.

I also liked reading their blog on my visit and I’m really pleased that they gained a lot from their time with me, especially increasing their awareness of career opportunities in the agriculture and sheep industry.

Crestwood High School "Blossom" Side 2

Fantastic work Crestwood High School. How about saying well done by posting a comment on their website   http://crestwoodarchibull.blogspot.com/

Archibull Prize Entries are in and wow wow

The Archibull Prize 2011 entries are in and Art4Agriculture is very excited. After months of a process that involves planning, teamwork, learning about sustainability, agriculture and the local environment 21 schools in Western Sydney have finished their artwork.

“The Challenge” was to create an artwork that incorporated each school’s
allocated food or fibre industry (wool, cotton, beef, sheep, dairy and grains)
and why it is important to Sydney families and the community. The students through
their artworks were asked to explore and communicate stories about the
importance of a sustainable approach to feeding Sydney.

Each school was provided with a life size fibreglass cow or calf on which the
students created an artwork about their allocated food or fibre industry, the
farmers who produce it and how this food or fibre is being produced
sustainably.

The types of issues the schools were asked to reflect on include:

  1. The role of your commodity in feeding and clothing Sydney sustainably
  2. Understanding the challenges our farmers face to feed people sustainably in a world with a declining natural resource base
  3. The disconnect between consumers and farmers – how do we find common ground.
  4. Understanding the disconnect between the food we buy and the impact that it has on the environment when we throw it away.

And just to wet your palette here are some of the entries

Model Farms "Bessie"
Alice Betteridge RIDBC
Rouse Hill Anglican College "Mootilda"
Quakers Hill "Bessie" Bet you can wait to see what she looks from the other 3 sides

This just a taster – watch this space

We will be sharing more of the inspirational artworks of Next Gen during the week

Paint is drying on the 2011 Archibull Prize bovine masterpieces

Exciting times.

Paint is drying on the bovine masterpieces who will shortly be submitted for consideration for the 2011 Archibull Prize.

This year students in 21 schools in Western Sydney are reflecting on the theme “The Rural – Urban Divide – What does it take to feed Sydney for a day sustainably?”

See the statistics on this web page created by Glenfield High School’s superstar Alexander Rafferty who won our “What can you creATE competition”

Each school has been allocated a food or fibre industry and has been provided with a blank fibreglass cow that students will decorate to highlight what they’ve learned about the challenges of feeding, clothing and housing the world with a declining natural resource base.

Each school was also paired with a Young Farming Champion who visited and supported the schools during the project. The young farmers provided the fresh young face of modern farming which we hope will inspire the students to consider career pathways that will see them be part of what we believe is the noblest profession – farming

Our farming champions created a series of social media tools to share their farming stories with teachers, students and the World Wide Web

See their video stories here

Hollie Baillieu – Cotton Farmer

Naomi Marks – Dairy Farmer

Melissa Henry – Sheep Farmer

Erin Lake – Natural Resource Management

Emma Visser – Dairy Farmer

Siannon Parice – Art4Agriculture Photographer

Stephanie Tarlinton

Art4Agriculture would like to thank Deborah Leake from Meat and Livestock Australia, Brooke Summers from Cotton Australia and Claudia Wythes from Australian Wool Innovation for their support of the Young Farming Champions in school visits. Great team work and great outcomes.