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The World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) High School’s Poultry Industry Education project was established in 2000 by Queensland’s WPSA sub-branch. This group wanted to establish a hands-on industry education project that would combat misinformation about the use of hormones, be a vehicle that provided information about the poultry industry to the community and could be carried out in agricultural schools.
In 2003/04 the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) sponsored the development of an operations manual for the project containing time lines, a list of possible research areas students might like to investigate, 40 relevant Australian poultry information web sites and all necessary support material for the project’s annual operation.
At the commencement of the 2008 school year, the WPSA project had been operational in Queensland for eight years, 85% of Queensland’s Agricultural teachers (both state and independent and a small number of interstate schools) had taken part in the project. The project has grown approximately 5% each year from the initial 11 Agricultural schools (with poultry facilities), to currently where twenty–six Queensland schools took part in the 2008 competition.
The competition requires students to do a review of the poultry industry and develop a report based upon the information they collect that supports their trial hypothesis as well as trial procedure and results and a poster that displays these outcomes.
Agriculture students enjoy the physical components of the competition i.e. contact with the chickens and the responsibility associated with looking after them. Teachers have witnessed the benefits the competition has as a teaching tool and as such have been anxious to undertake and promote it each year. With this in mind, it was decided to use these positives to target a small number of schools to expand the competition nationally.
Poultry in Schools was initiated in response to the anticipated future demand for trained and qualified poultry farm workers in South Australia as a result of significant industry expansion. The introduction of the program in South Australia follows a successful promotion of the WPSA High School Poultry Industries’ Education Competition in Queensland.
The program is effectively a competition, the entries of which consist of a report and poster outlining the results of a simple poultry experiment of the school’s choice. In 2009, four South Australian schools (Balaklava High School, Clare High School, Tintinara Area School and Trinity College) took up the opportunity to become involved in the Poultry in Schools program, each contributing two entries.
The winner, announced at the Presentation and Careers Day at Roseworthy Campus was Clare High School for their trial comparing the growth rates of broiler and layer chicks. The Careers and Presentation Day was generously sponsored by Ingham’s Enterprises, Gourmet Poultry, Adelaide Poultry, Ridley AgriProducts and the South Australian branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA).
The winner of the SA competition (Clare High School) also entered the national competition against schools from Queensland and New South Wales. Clare High School received second prize in the national competition.
Following the success of the Poultry in Schools 2009 Competition, the WPSA SA branch in collaboration with a host of other leading industry organisations decided to further support this initiative with the development of a Competition Manual to assist interested schools.
Junior Category (students in years 6, 7 & 8)
Senior Category (students in 9, 10, 11 & 12)
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