Cattle and Sheep Farming today
About the VC
Meat and Livestock Australia’s virtual excursion Cattle and Sheep Farming today gives your students an exciting and engaging opportunity to talk to a working Aussie farmer. Students will learn about:
- How farmers look after their animals and plants on their farm.
- How different climates affect farms and the type of animals kept on them.
- How technology is used to help run farms efficiently and sustainably.
Students will have the opportunity to complete interactive quizzes and to speak directly to a guest farmer to ask any questions they have about life on a farm.
Each participating classroom will receive a free activity pack including 2 posters and a cattle eartag activity so you can continue your learning in the classroom. There is also a variety of resources available for teachers and students at www.mla.com.au/education including:
- Digital interactive lessons from Foundation to Year 6 with supporting lesson plans.
- A ‘Virtual Farm’ where students can navigate around a digital farm, meet real Aussie farmers and watch videos.
- Study guides covering curriculum outcomes including lesson plans, activities and worksheets.
Farmer Greg Newell and his wife Lauren run Linga Longa Farm, a 100ha property in the Manning Valley where their green alluvial flat pastures provide for 120 prime Herefords. Linga Longa Farm is a 100% Australian owned and operated business with a long family history in Hereford cattle production. This history has seen many generations constantly improving on farming practices, also inspiring the next generation to stay on farm and continue growing and suppling Australian consumers with the best beef possible.
Michelle Lyons along with husband Michael and their four children, manage the family property, “Wambiana Station,” which runs across 23 200 hectares near Charters Towers in Northern Queensland. Much of the business involves breeding beef cattle, growing out steers, agisting grass and hosting a range of educational groups and farm-stays to show others the many facets of running a beef cattle enterprise in North Queensland. Michelle and her family pride themselves on sustainable farming practices, working with nature to preserve the land and produce the bet quality beef.
Andrew O’Dea with his family run a beef property, Kelvin Falls located in Elbow Valley, QLD which has been in the family for over 140 years. The O’Dea’s grow grass-fed beef with a breeding herd of Angus and Droughtmaster cows which they join with Angus, Senepol and Charolaise bulls, this cross-produce calves that are best suited to the environment they live and ensure an efficient and profitable herd. As part of their sustainable farming they focus on conserving water, eliminating soil erosion, reducing weed encroachment and enhancing native biodiversity.
Farmer Tim Eyes is one of Australia’s Young Farming Champions and just loves everything about farming! He manages two commercial beef properties on the NSW Central Coast and focuses on economic and ethical sustainability through the use of best practice stock and natural resource management. He uses low stress stock handling methods – creating a calm and comfortable environment for both cattle and people.