The College farm adjoins the Morawa town site on the southern, eastern and western boundaries. Total property area is 3,242 Ha - 1,200 Ha arable and the balance comprising salt-lakes and bush areas.
The farm is divided into 3 distinct areas. “Ag Farm”, “Cobweb” and “Granvilles”. The “Ag Farm” is the centre of activity; machinery sheds, workshops, hay shed, piggery, shearing shed, cattle and sheep yards, and abattoir are located here. This is also where you will find the Administration, , workshops, classrooms and library.
“Cobweb” is a self sustaining holding where the majority of cropping and new development is occurring. Emphasis is placed upon economic scale of production. A cattle feedlot, which has a capacity of 200 animals is situated on this property. The 400 ha property “Granvilles” which adjoins the “Ag Farm” was purchased in 2001.
Students are rostered on to various sections of the farm to ensure exposure to all facets of the farm operation. In addition to regular program of farm work, students are required to participate in work experience, weekend work and shift work during seeding and harvesting.
The practical experience gained by students enables them to develop self confidence and competence in managing and operating all forms of specialized farm machinery.
The College works with Industry groups and is currently undergoing trial work inconjunction with the Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG).
The farm crops approximately 1,000 ha annually. Wheat, Barley, Oats, Lupins, Canola, Medic Clover and Serradella are the principle crops grown. Production using minimum tillage, stubble mulching and conventional cultivation allows for useful comparison. Emphasis is placed on soil conservation techniques.
The piggery, which runs approx. 40 sows (with Gilts purchased for stock changeover), turns out approximately 400—500 baconers per annum. The majority of the College stock supplied Hagan Bros Butchers in Geraldton, which in turn supplies all the local IGA stores and local butchers with pork products. All grain used to feed the stock at the piggery is grown at the farm.
The sheep flock comprises of approx. 500 ewes (400 lambs annually); mainly Merino but are cross breeding with Border Leicester ewes with Pole Dorset rams , Dorper and Merino Rams. Sheep are bought in to utilize stubble. A cross breeding program using Suffolk rams is operated to produce fat lambs for the residential kitchen.
In 1994 the College began using embryo transfer and artificial insemination to establish a pure breed Gelbvieh herd. This breed originated in Germany and is renowned for its exceptional growth ratio and dressing percentage. The College exhibited at the Perth Royal Show in 1996 for the first time with great success. Awards included Champion and Reserve Champion Junior, Grand Champion Bull and Grand Champion Female which was judged Supreme Champion of the breed.
In the years following, the Colleges MOWAG Gelbvieh Stud cattle has made more successful appearances in the Show Ring, further awards have been received with students being instrumental in preparing and showcasing the cattle.
An abattoir constructed in 1990 enables students to acquire the specialised practical skills associated with sheep, pig, and cattle slaughter in accordance with meat industry and public health standards. Presently we have a qualified butcher on staff who trains the students in basic butchering techniques. A smokehouse has been installed to process small goods. All stock used are grown at the College with all meat cuts used to supply the Residential Facility.
This section is responsible for maintaining the comprehensive range of farm vehicles, machinery and basic farm construction. Students in a state of the art Trade Training Centre and are instructed in general maintenance of machinery, tools and equipment and workshop organisation.
In 1998, the College began to power its classrooms through the use of renewable energy resources. This started through the use of solar panels and extended to include wind generation. Students have been involved in its use, maintenance and installation.