12 Agriculture heads to Clydevale...

Thursday 11th August 2022

Year 12 Agricultural and Environmental science visits an Organic, A2 dairy farm.

It was a crisp, clear morning following a week of heavy rain and after a quick scrub of our gumboots the Year 12 Agricultural and Environmental Science class headed to Clydevale to visit Annabel and Stephen Crawfords A2 Organic dairy farm. 

With over 800 cows indoors keeping warm and dry in specially designed wintering sheds the class learnt about being organic, looking after soil and water, genetics, calf raising, farm economics and animal nutrition. Located between the Pomahaka and Clutha rivers the farm is a model of great practices and what passion, knowledge and commitment can achieve. The students leaving with with valuable insight into just how much goes into running a sustainable dairy farm. Annabel and Stephen were hugely informative, generous (thanks for the scones!) and engaging and we hope to return in the future with more native trees to help their growing riparian areas and helping to leave our positive mark on our countryside.

Thank you very much for hosting us Annabel and Stephen!

At the dairy shed
Learning about silage and providing organic feed for cows in wintering sheds
Mac Perkins getting friendly with the cows.