The Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA held its annual Schools Property Planning Competition field day last week for the fourteenth year running. This year’s Competition field day saw record participation with 280 students in attendance.
Students participated in the fact-finding field day at David and Alex Mason’s property “Weegowrie”, 20km south west of Inverell, to gather as much information about the property as possible before preparing their property plan. The students prepare the plan as though they are agricultural consultants providing advice and information to the Masons about the recommended future direction of “Weegowrie”. The property plans developed by the students need to ensure that the property is managed for economic viability as well as environmental sustainability.
At the field day the participating students and teachers moved from work station to work station gathering information about soils, vegetation types, pastures and current management practices. The students then take this information back to school where they prepare their Property Plans for entry into the competition.
Melissa McGoldrick, Agriculture Teacher at Uralla Central School believes the students really benefit from the Schools Property Planning Competition.
“The Property Planning Competition is so beneficial because it presents a real farm situation to our students, helps them become aware of what being sustainable means and addresses the syllabus requirements at the same time. It is a fantastic experience as these students will be our next generation of farmers,” Melissa McGoldrick said.
The Property Plans are judged by a panel that includes representatives from the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA and David and Alex Mason. The Grand Champion and winners of each category are announced at AgQuip in August 2010.
The Schools Property Planning Competition is made possible through the generous support of sponsors Tree Tenders and the NSW Department of Education & Training who share similar natural resource management goals as the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA.
For natural resource management advice and information please contact the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA in Inverell on 6728 8020 or Moree on 6757 2550.