Resources

Acronyms

Common acronyms in agricultural education

Animal welfare resources

The resources presented this section have been designed for use by teachers in NSW schools. Teachers may choose to use them as they are presented or alternatively to adapt them to suit their own students or particular context.

The activities may be completed either as group work or by individuals, they may be printed and provided to students to work on or may be completed electronically. Teachers will need to make their own judgement about how best they can be used based on the skills and knowledge of their students.

Farrer White Suffolk Breeding Program – Achieving a product of distinction

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth breeds high quality White Suffolk rams using science, technology and objective measurement. This video documents the production of these rams from selection of the compatible parents through to the final sale of the rams. It explains how the data collected throughout the production cycle feeds back into the ongoing selection process to help the students and staff at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School continue to produce some of Australia’s top White Suffolk sheep.

Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines for sheep

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep provide the basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia. They reflect available scientific knowledge, current practice and community expectations and apply to all sheep farming enterprises, teaching and research facilities and handling agencies including transport, abattoirs and saleyards.

This teaching resource assists students to investigate the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep and consider how each selected guideline can be applied in practice.

Select the links below to download the documents for this resource.

Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines for cattle

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle provide the basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia. They reflect available scientific knowledge, current practice and community expectations and apply to all cattle farming enterprises, teaching and research facilities and handling agencies including dairies, transport, abattoirs and saleyards.

This teaching resource assists students to investigate the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and consider how each selected guideline can be applied in practice.

Select the links below to download the documents for this resource.

Stage 5 Agricultural Technology – Animal welfare

This unit of work explores the science of animal welfare and what the community considers acceptable practices in using animals for food and fibre production. Community expectations and values are what underpin legislation and hence determine what the different laws, codes and guidelines say about the use and management of animals. Everyone who works with animals needs to keep abreast of any changes, so they stay informed and be able to ensure they maintain high standards of animal welfare.

The unit of work also includes six activities related to poultry welfare. These activities encourage students to make observations and gather data about the poultry kept at their school and compare their findings to the recommended guidelines for keeping poultry.

Stage 6 Agriculture – Animal welfare and ethics

Understanding mulesing

Exploring the history, purpose and science related to mulesing provides students with an opportunity to study Plant/Animal Production content in the Stage 6 Agriculture HSC course.
This unit of work explores the husbandry operation of mulesing within the context of an integrated pest management program.