Growing up on the land in Kingaroy, Kallia always knew that farming was in her future. With a passion for farm work and cattle, Kallia realised that she could study a Certificate II in Rural Operations (AHC21216), through TAFE at School in Year 12, and pursue a certificate III after she finished.
In her second semester, Kallia’s dream of starting her own cattle stud in the next five years, is closer than she imagined. With five head of Limousine cattle on her family’s property back home, the Toowoomba-based student is keen to apply the knowledge and practical skills she’s acquired, and gain experience on a station up north, to expand her herd and establish her career in agriculture.
“My teacher is really easy to get on with, is hands-on and shows us how to do the work,” said Kallia.
“We’ve been given opportunities to work on chicken farms, undertake seasonal work on farms and have been taken on field trips to different properties, to see different farming practices.”
Kallia has benefited from learning about different breeds, stock types, and identifying the different supplements required to help cattle during drought conditions. TAFE Queensland acknowledges the need to adapt to various environmental conditions and ensures their students are equipped with the knowledge they need to provide the practical application of techniques to ensure good heard health.
Growing up on a farm, Kallia knew a fair bit but said “I have learned lots of new things and different ways to do them.”
“If you’re in high school, and unsure of what you want to do but are interested in ag. – just do it,” she said.
“You learn where your food comes from, and how hard it is for farmers. You can always do something else if you don’t like it or you can use what you’ve learned when you’re older.”