Tayla Baxter and Tamara McQueen learn about the changes in agricultural practices over the years. Zoe Dutton and Brooke Pugh enjoyed learning about how an orchard runs from Golden Mile Orchards owner Terino Licciadello.
THIS month, year 11 Narrogin Agricultural College students completing the agriculture course went on a tour of the South West to introduce them to enterprises other than broad-acre farming.
As part of the tour, the students visited Dardanup Heritage Park to compare how commonly accepted agricultural practices have changed.
In the international shed, Tayla Baxter from Woodanilling and Tamara
McQueen from Port Kennedy looked over numerous tractors and vehicles manufactured by International.
After visiting the many displays, including the dairy demonstration shed, students appreciated that they were going into farming today, rather than many years ago.
In Donnybrook, students Zoe Dutton from Esperance and Brooke Pugh from Wagin were shown around the Golden Mile Orchards by one of the owners, Terino Licciadello.
Mr Licciadello talked about the requirements of running an orchard and demonstrated to the students pruning and grafting and also walked them through the packing shed and cool store.
It was the first time for students to see trees covered in netting and to try persimmons, which received a mixed reaction.