Agricultural Careers in Spotlight with AgDay and Archibull

In conjunction with National AgDay, Art4Agriculture’s ‘The Archibull Prize’ ran a careers competition for school students in Years 5-12. The competition asked students to design an info graphic around a career in Ag that combined their strengths and passions. THLHS student Joshua Carpenter was the winner of the secondary division where he received a mini iPad as a prize.

“Many people think that to have a career in agriculture means being a farmer,” Archibull Prize co-ordinator Lynne Strong said, “but that’s not the case, we want students to combine their passions with Ag to develop a career in feeding, clothing and powering the world – and that career could be anything from the research laboratory to the boardroom”.

Joshua, 15, lives on a 250 acre hobby farm where his family run Dorper sheep, he designed his info graphic around an agricultural engineer using robotics and GPS technology to muster. “This is a career path I would like to follow as I’m extremely interested in technology and how it can be used to increase sustainability in all facets of agriculture,” Joshua said.

Although THLHS Archibull Prize entry ‘Gene-Eric’ was not a winner judges believed it to be of a very high standard, however, entries from other school’s were also of a high calibre. Staff and students congratulated Josh on his success in the careers competition and now have their sights set on the 2018 Archibull entry which will focus on the Pork industry, any involvement from the community will be most welcome. 

Hancock Prospecting EA GM Adam Giles with senior winner Haylee Murrell (Gunnedah), primary winner Saffron Butler (Gwynneville) & secondary winner Josh Carpenter (HLHS).

Hancock Prospecting EA GM Adam Giles with senior winner Haylee Murrell (Gunnedah), primary winner Saffron Butler (Gwynneville) & secondary winner Josh Carpenter (HLHS).

THLHS 2017 Archibull entry 'Gene-Eric' the cow.

THLHS 2017 Archibull entry 'Gene-Eric' the cow.