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Year 7 - Tertiary: Animal husbandry

Achieve unique learning outcomes for your students by creating your own program!

Introduction – choose one unit

General farm introduction (30 minutes)

  • Presentation of specific livestock tools, processes and medications.
  • Brief discussion on OHS/SDS/PPE.
  • Basic discussion on dietary requirements of farm animals (carnivory, omnivory, herbivore). Includes skull inspections and visit to feed room.

Workplace OHS and farm introduction (1 hour)

  • OHS discussion focused on farm work. Students work in groups to solve an OHS scenario and conduct Job Safety Assessments (JSA).

Animal care – choose three units

Small mammal husbandry (1.5 hours)

Animal focus: rabbits, guinea pigs, rats (optional) 

Includes:

  • General care
  • Handling techniques
  • Feeding
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Grooming
  • Nail clipping
  • Sexing
  • Worming
  • De-lousing

Incorporates sustainable work practices.

Poultry husbandry (1.5 hours)

Animal focus: chickens, ducks, guinea fowls, turkeys, peacocks

Includes:

  • Handling techniques
  • Basic care
  • Cage hygiene/cleaning
  • Feeding
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Ectoparasite environmental and animal preventive treatments
  • Nail clipping
  • Worming
  • Feeding and supplement dietary

Incorporates sustainable work practices.

Nutrition of farm mammals (1 hour)

  • Brief discussion on the digestive system of farm mammals and the feeds designed for those systems.  These include:
    • ruminant
    • semi-ruminant
    • monogastric including hind-gut fermenters
  • A visit to the feed room to present our feeding processes and discuss supplements. Students can prepare feeds for the different paddock animals (mammals). They may also deliver feeds to animals at the end of the day if time allows.

Incorporates sustainable work practices.

Farm nursery – large mammal husbandry (1 hour)

Animal focus: goats, lambs, kids, crias, calves (depending on seasonal availability)

Includes:

  • Examining lactation cycle
  • Practicing goat milking
  • Restraining techniques for nursery animals
  • Health assessments of nursery animals (age/dentition, coat, sexing, weighing. May incorporate heart rates, temperature)
  • Sustainability features of the farm nursery identified during activity

5. Paddocks – large mammal husbandry (1 hour)

Animal focus: goats, alpacas or sheep

Includes:

  • Preparing and delivering environmental enrichment items
  • Mustering and restraining
  • Hoof trimming
  • Health check
  • Crutching (sheep)
  • May also involve drenching and delousing practices and other opportunistic treatments

Duration

The program generally runs from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Start and finish times can be flexible, depending on group needs.

Cost

  • GST-free for secondary schools
  • $28 per student
  • Teachers are free

A minimum of 10 students required and a maximum of 30 per day.

Bookings

For more information, please call Myuna Farm on (03) 9706 9944 or email myunafarm@casey.vic.gov.au.