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Variety in short courses deliver training ‘just in time’

5 September 2016

A new offering on Muresk Institute’s short course calendar will give students a taste of working on a cattle or sheep station.

Livestock Mustering will be held over three days, starting next week, and will be combined with the popular operating quad bikes course.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said workers with the relevant skills to handle livestock were always needed, particularly for the annual mustering season.

“While mustering in the State’s north has already started, there is always a need for skilled workers in the industry,” she said.

“This course is particularly useful for seasonal workers, those already working in the industry and need to update their skills, or people wanting to gain specific knowledge.”

Both courses will be led by industry expert Boyd Holden. Students will gain skills in livestock mustering and movement methods and techniques for both sheep and cattle; planning and preparation procedures for mustering operations; low stress livestock movement practices; livestock behaviour; safe operation of quad bikes; and basic quad bike maintenance.

Another timely course to be delivered at Muresk Institute focuses on harvest operations. This four-day intensive workshop allows prospective seasonal farmhands to gain work during the broadacre gain harvest program later this year.

Participants will gain skills in operating relevant farm equipment, including bins, augers and tractors required to support harvesting operations.

These courses are among many training programs delivered at Muresk Institute, providing a range of opportunities for students.

This includes the extensive short course calendar, with training led by industry experts to allow people to gain new skills or brush up on their existing techniques and knowledge.

Some of the upcoming courses will look at horsemanship, feedlot environment and production, farm occupational health and safety, and quad bike operations. The popular Working Dog Training School will also return.

Information about these training programs is available here or by telephone 1300 994 031.