St. George State High School has a strong history of delivering an agricultural program throughout years 7-12. From 2023, we have a renewed focus on developing our Agriculture department to ensure students are engaging with industry relevant topics, such as: horticulture, sustainability, agriculture-technology, agricultural science, and other related fields.
The Agriculture program is supported by a 42-acre Agricultural Plot on site which is home to cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, as well as paddocks for cropping and an orchard. The Ag Plot is scheduled for a major upgrade for 2023 including new facilities including a purpose-built agriculture classroom.
In 2023, students are engaging in the following topics:
|Year Level||Program Length||Topic(s)|
|Year 8||Term||Poultry Production|
Animal Husbandry and Reproduction
|Year 11 & 12 – Agricultural Practices||2-Years|
OHS & Farm Machinery
Business in Agriculture: Plant Studies
Business in Agriculture: Animal Studies
Animal Identification and Health
- BlueLight Shearing Camp – Cert II Rural Operations
- The Blue Light Shearing Program allows our students to actively engage in animal handling, crutching, board duties and shearing activities to provide them with work ready skills as well as developing their work ethic and team work skills.
- Artificial Breeding Program for Cattle
- St George State High School has introduced a successful Artificial Breeding program including Embryo Implementation and Artificial Insemination to complement the Droughtmaster Stud program. This allows for students to investigate reproductive technology and the role of genetic assessment.
- IFarm – Automated Garden Beds
- The IFarm is a solar powered and wind powered automated garden bed which allows students to conduct plant experiments by utilising temperature, moisture and pH sensor probes. The IFarm features a touch screen control centre where students are able to adjust the growth conditions, control irrigation as well as collect and analyse data.