The Unit 3&4 Agriculture and Horticulture students have been looking at Risks and Resilience this term. Besides learning about integrated pest and weed management plans in the classroom and participating in a biosecurity simulation for an Australian Egg farm, they have visited Tim and Julie McClelland to hear about their experiences on farm dealing with intestinal worms, aphids and stripe rust and how they managed them. From this, the class then conducted a Faecal Egg Count (FEC) on a sample of sheep manure to determine if this flock required drenching. This coming week, the students welcomed Adrian Jackson from Virbac. Adrian is an expert in the field on intestinal worms and foot rot and discussed whole flock management, the importance of correct chemical usage and rotations to avoiding chemical resistance and the advantages of conducting the FEC. 

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