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Agriculture

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Ekka Judging

Ekka Judging

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

Hydroponic Lettuce

Hydroponic Lettuce

Suffolk sheep

Suffolk sheep

Lowline Cow and Calf

Lowline Cow and Calf

Ekka Teams

Ekka Teams

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Students studying an Agricultural subject at Dakabin are able to be involved in the following extracurricular activities:


Stud cattle show team (Established 1991)

 The students train and show cattle for other cattle studs, as well as breeding, training and exhibiting our own cattle. These include:
  • Square Meater Stud 
  • Lowline Stud 
  • Show Steers
Students train before school and at lunchtimes and attend shows on the weekends.

Stud sheep show team (Established 1995)

The school has been successfully breeding and showing Suffolk sheep. Students train at lunchtimes and attend shows on the weekends.

Poultry Showing

Students are breeding preparing purebred show birds under the guidance of an experienced poultry breeder and judge. Students will be showing their birds at local shows and the Royal Brisbane Show.

Sunflower Trail – University of Queensland

Student design an experiment where they plant and grow sunflowers starting in February each year and then compare their flowers and are judged on their assignments in May at the UQ Campus Gatton.

Hy-Line Brown School Egg Laying Competition

The Ekka has partnered with Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Specialised Breeders Australia to provide schools with six (6) eight week old Hy-Line Brown hens.

Schools submit their three (3) best hens to take to Ekka, with the competition consisting of three main elements:
  • Birds
  • Eggs
  • Project

Bee Keeping

Dakabin has a hive that the students rob during the year producing quality honey that is sold around the school by the students.

Small Animal Nurseries

Students and Year 11 and 12 Certificate I and II Animal Studies and Year 9 Small Animal Studies run several animal nurseries each year at local primary schools and community festivals. These are run mainly on the weekends.

Promotional Activities

Each year the staff and students set up displays at various local events to show case Dakabin SHS and the Agricultural Department to the community.
      eg. Farm Fantastic

External Agricultural Programs available:  

  • Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a four-day residential program to inspire high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries. It is open to students in years 11 and 12 and is held each July at UQ Gatton. 
  • Ag Inspirations is a 3-day industry specific tour organised by the AgForce School to Industry Program allows students from years 10-12 to visit multiple agribusiness enterprises.


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Last reviewed 10 February 2021
Last updated 10 February 2021