Agriculture

An amazing opportunity to do a ‘hands on’ subject in school!

The Farm is at the heart of Brymore and for students interested in working within the Land Based Industry Agriculture is an excellent choice.

There’s lots to see, do and learn in Agriculture and the following outlines some of what is involved in our lessons!

Year 7
Outdoor active learning on your own school farm!
Livestock needs and basic care for calves, dairy, pigs, hens and sheep. Weigh your calf and watch it grow during the year! Crops on trial plots, again set them off and see them grow, compare yours to the other groups! You’ll also follow the development of your chicks once you’ve seen them hatch!
Then trips out to compare our farm with a big scale dairy farm, milking sheep farm, and egg laying unit.
Year 9
At last the chance to really get stuck in to real farm work and drive the tractors!
Practical work will be preparation for your BTEC qualification focusing on livestock skills, estate maintenance, and tractor handling. Supported by classwork about farm health and safety especially tractors, and livestock production particularly calves, beef cattle, dairy, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Year 10 and Year 11 – What does BTEC Agriculture involve?

BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE: Students have a taste of Agriculture in Year 7 and 9. Those who have enjoyed ‘farm life’ and want to make a total commitment to working really hard in all weathers, choose to study the BTEC.

As part of their studies, students must producelots of top quality written assignments on time. They should only choose Agriculture if they are prepared to keep up to date. This is not a ‘soft option’!

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

KEY TOPICS COVERED:

Unit 13:Tractor driving

PRACTICAL INVOLVES: pre-start checks, maintenance, adjustments, driving tractors, hitching up and reversing trailers, attaching implements like the muck spreader and the muck scraper, along with using 4 wheel drive with its loader and bale spike.

PASS = done with some assistance

MERIT= on your own

DISTINCTION = doing jobs (like slurry tanking, muck spreading, rolling, harrowing, mucking out a shed with the grab, loading muck into a trailer, moving bales for food & bedding, moving the dolly trailer, possibly hedge cutting, ploughing and the ploughing match) and full tractor maintenance.

WRITTEN WORK INVOLVES:

PASS = naming the parts of a tractor and dashboard and saying what they do, outlining laws about tractor driving and age restrictions

MERIT = explaining how the parts work together, what happens if you do not keep the laws or maintain the tractor.

Unit 4: Livestock Production

PRACTICAL INVOLVES:

Animal handling ( haltering, weighing, taking temperatures, ear tagging, tattoeing, milking)

General Stock Husbandry (checking animals have the right place to live and making it right for them – feeding, watering, cleaning, including mucking out!)

Seasonal jobs ( selecting stock for breeding or slaughter, lambing)

Animal treatment  ( drenching, disbudding, footbathing, foot trimming, dagging, shearing, vaccination.etc.)

Estate maintenance ( fencing, hedging, gate hanging, electric fencing etc.)

Poultry Egg Production and incubating eggs

COMPLETING THE FEEDING DUTIES TO THE BTEC STANDARD IS ESSENTIAL

PASS & MERIT = Do the job on your own

DISTINCTION = explaining as you select stock for slaughter or breeding, growth rates, disease problems etc.

All boys must have a responsible attitude and take the work seriously as Health and Safety are assessed all the time.

WRITTEN WORK INVOLVES:

Foreach type of stock (pigs, cows, sheep and poultry)

PASS = describe the production cycles, breeding, reproduction what products are sold

MERIT = draw out the yearly plan with events in the right places; describe the diseases

DISTINCTION = explain in detail how to maximise overall productivity.

For the right boys there will be a chance to show stock, steward at the market, take animals to market, see them graded, help the vet, foot trimmer and see AI being done, visit a robotic parlour and other farms. For some there will be the chance to take the responsibility of being Farm HODs and help the farm staff with the running of your farm.

Are you up to it? Then this subject is for you!

How many exams do I take and when?

There is currently no written exam in BTEC Agriculture. However, there are several written projects to complete and students need to be able to manage their workload, keep up with deadlines and be prepared to put in extra time during prep and in the evenings.

A more detailed course breakdown for the BTEC can be found here

Head of Agriculture – Mrs E Garrod

 

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