Agricultural training calendar offers diversity

16 June 2016

The secret to managing working dogs will be revealed during three short courses to be held at Muresk Institute next month.

The Working Dog Training School will be run by well known trainer Ben Page, who will teach his unique method through a mix of theory and practical sessions.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said these courses were always popular, with students from all walks of life getting involved.

“There is strong demand for working dog training, and as bookings for the first course close soon, people who want to take part are encouraged to enrol now,” she said.

The Working Dog Training School is just one of several short courses delivered at Muresk Institute. A full program of events is available, with training delivered in areas such as precision agriculture, livestock mustering, operating quadbikes, feedlot nutrition, and chainsaw operation and maintenance. There is also a Work and food safety workshop, Skills for the home barista and training in project management, adding to the variety of courses offered.

Ms Jenkins said the Institute’s short course calendar was popular among people new to the industry or those who wanted to brush up on their skills.

The Institute is also gearing up for its winter school program, which starts on July 4. Comprising eight units of competency, it will give students a basic understanding of general agricultural practices across livestock and cropping production systems.

The program includes training in farm safety, farm chemicals, precision agriculture and crop production, low stress livestock handling, feedlot production, and farm machinery and equipment skills.

Suitable for school leavers, agricultural college graduates or seasonal workers, the program allows students to gain skills and knowledge required to enrol in the Integrated Diploma Program or progress to a Certificate III in Agriculture.

“Students can enrol in one unit or complete all eight units,” Ms Jenkins said. “It will give them practical skills to help them gain a job in the industry or continue their training.”

For more information about any of the courses delivered here telephone 1800 994 031.

Photograph caption: As technology in agriculture changes, Muresk Institute farm supervisor Rob de Gruchy recognises the importance of training to keep industry skills current.