The Agriculture Club is a popular club with members who have an avid interest in farming and countryside issues. Weekly held meetings are attended by a spectrum of students from Years 8, 9 and 10, from both rural and urban backgrounds. Everyone is welcome regardless of personal circumstances.
To date, the students have enjoyed creating and sharing iMovies of their farms, which have stimulated discussions about varied farming practices on the students own pig, sheep, beef and dairy farms. Students have also been busy writing newspaper reports keeping us up-to-date on activities currently taking place on their farms.
Through enthusiastic and stimulating discussion, the students have also had the opportunity to learn from each other about:
- First-hand use of innovative technology used on farms e.g. robotic milking machines and feeders
- Rural crime e.g. machinery theft, and the use of tracking devices as a deterrent
- Intensive pig-farming practices
- Impact of severe winters and compensation for loss of livestock
- Current affairs in agriculture e.g. the decline in beef and milk prices
We are excited about the upcoming visits this winter from a from a HSENI speaker who will highlight the importance of safe farming practices to reduce risk to health, and a talk on the Farm Quality Assurance Scheme by LMC.
Trips to the USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry, and the Balmoral Show in 2015, are amongst some of the forthcoming events the Agriculture Club members are eagerly looking forward to.
If you are interested in forging friendships with like-minded students and broadening your knowledge of agricultural issues, please see Mrs Matthews.