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Quinn Barber 2018-2019

 

Well done Ex-Aggie Quinn Barber

Former student Quinn Barber graduated from the army in Kapooka on the 10th April having finished his 12 week physical and combat training on that day. Quinn was then transferred to the base in Wagga to commence his helicopter mechanical training. Unfortunately due to COVID 19 this training has been delayed until June.

Quinn just wanted to thank the College “for a fabulous 2 years” that he spent at the College and for the fond memories of his time here. Quinn graduated in 2019.

James Bidstrup 2014

James Bidstrup is competing for the opportunity to represent WA at the 2019 evokeAG conference. Photo: Roxy Schoof.

Agricultural Science graduate and soon-to-be Esperance resident James Bidstrup is competing for the opportunity to represent WA at the nation’s agrifood international technology conference in 2019. The evokeAG event, held in Melbourne, offers the opportunity for leaders in the farming, technology, research, innovation, business, government and finance industry to connect and solve the most pressing issues facing agriculture.

With just two places available, Mr Bidstrup said he was determined to fill one and talk to the attendees about his vision for the industry. “Agriculture has been a lifelong passion and now I’m in a position to give back to the industry and ensure that the next generation in agriculture continues to get great opportunities like evokeAG,” he said.

“Being a part of the evokeAG Conference gives me the chance to bring home some of the new technology and research done by the brightest minds in the agriculture industry and educate people on how to help address some of the challenges our industry faces.

“The amazing support and connections available – I want to be part of that going forward.”

Having always had a passion for agriculture, James took to studying Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia after graduating year 12 at Denmark Agricultural College.

James has since worked for CBH and volunteered as a stock handler for sheep and cattle breeders, leading the team that won the inaugural Young Farmers Challenge at the 2018 Dowerin Field Day.

Next month, James will make the move to the Esperance region to take up his dream job as an agronomist for Elders. The move is set to feel very much like coming home for the graduate, whose great grandparents pioneered the Sunrise Hill farm at Salmon Gums and the Peninsula mine at Norseman before retiring in Esperance.

 

 

Brody Stallard 2014-2015

A Pinjarra welder says his passion and great training helped him take out a plethora of awards.

Alcoa Wagerup Refinery Apprentice of the Year for 2019, Brody Stallard dominated South Regional TAFE’s annual awards.

Brody was judged Engineering Apprentice of the Year, Campus Trades and Paraprofessionals Student of the Year, South Regional TAFE Apprentice of the Year and South West Apprentice of the Year at the 2020 South Regional TAFE Awards.

The success follows his win at the South West regional round of the WorldSkills Challenge for welding last year.

Now a full-time fabricator and welder at the Wagerup Refinery, Brody is sharing his skills and mentoring other Alcoa apprentices.

“I really appreciate the training I’ve received at Alcoa,” Brody said.

“It has helped me unlock doors and has given me a great start in life.

“I really found my passion when it came to trades, especially in construction and fabrication.”

The humble all-rounder believes a solid work ethic and a passion for what you do is the key to being successful.

“If you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life and if you work hard and do your best you can really go far,” Brody said.

 

Grace Campbell 2014-2015

“After graduating from Denmark Ag  I went to Albany Tafe and completed a Cert III in Education Support. I have been lucky enough to get casual work as an Education Assistant at both Denmark and Walpole Primary Schools. I have also been working casually at the Walpole Family Centre, Bow Bridge Roadhouse and for my grandparent’s in their dairy.

In November 2016, I attended a Young Dairy Network Study Tour over to New Zealand, for 10 days.  We visited farms, training centres and dairy facilities and saw some of the best NZ dairy farms.  The tour was focused on year round grazing systems, herd status and cross breeding, new technologies, share farming and pasture developments. Harvey fresh, Delaval, PGG Wrightson Seeds and Elders support these young farmer tours to maintain young people’s interests in the dairy industry and farming.  We were also lucky enough to have down time on the tour to go bungee jumping, shopping and relax.

I still live at Peaceful Bay with my mum, but also spend time in Albany with my brother as I play netball twice a week.  I’m lucky to be able to have both homes as it keeps my cost of living down.  I have also been on holiday to Bali as well as Cambodia and Laos.

I keep in contact with many of the ex aggies and Hannah Collins who was a year above me also went on the NZ tour.

I think being a graduate from the College has helped me in many ways, fiirstly the certificates I gained,  the wide range of skills and the friends I made.  Currently I am working towards my Certificate IV in Education Support. I’m doing this externally online to enable me to continue working.  The photo above was taken when I was in Laos.”

 

Taneeke Marsden 2011-2013

“After graduating from the College in 2013 I had a gap year where I worked on a dairy farm and fruit orchard before moving to Perth to go to Murdoch University in 2015.  I am now in my third year studying Animal Science.  In my first year I lived on campus which was a fantastic way to meet people and get into the routine of living away from home.  Now that I am used to living in Perth and settled into University I am share renting, a cheaper alternative to on-campus accommodation.

At the start of my third year I chose to go on exchange to Nottingham, England to study equine and environmental subjects for a semester which go towards my degree at Murdoch.  Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus is their animal, rural and environmental science campus which is half an hour out of the city surrounded by farm land and fresh air which was such a relief from the big smoke for an aggie like myself!

While over that side of the world I also toured through Europe for a month prior to heading to Nottingham ticking a dozen countries off my bucket list and making trips on breaks during the semester to see Edinburgh, Scotland, other parts of England, Spain, Sweden, and Croatia and Holland after finishing studying.  Travelling and studying overseas was the best decision I’ve made, it was a great way to see some of the world and grow my self confidence and resilience.

In July 2017, after Europe, I headed to Alberta Canada where I  worked with Hagel Feeders – a feedlot with approximately 5,000 head cattle. They mostly finish Angus cattle, which are shipped world wide with high demand for naturally raised (no hormones, feed additives or drugs) Black Angus for export to Europe and Asia. While there I went to Rodeos, on day horse trail rides through the Canadian forests and mountains, roped cattle and saw some of the Canadian countryside.

Going to Denmark Ag has given me a big advantage in my studies and work life.  Before Ag school I had nothing to do with farming or animals and had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated high school.  Now I am happy to say I have more of an understanding of food and fibre production and can foresee myself going into the cattle industry once I graduate from Murdoch, in a years time”.

Lewis Newton

“After graduating I was awarded a scholarship and I moved to Victoria to study Equine Business Management at Marcus Oldham College.  Since completing the Diploma I have been in New South Wales training in top dressage stables with trainers such as Matthew Dowsley and Clemens, Judy and Daniella Dierks.  At the moment I am working for C & J Dierks Advanced Dressage Centre in Arcadia, NSW.

I moved over east by myself in January 2016 and have been living away from home since.  I miss my family, friends and my dog but I love being in NSW.

I have my dream job as I ride some of the best horses in Australia every day.  I work with great people and I have met so many great friends within the industry.

Next year will be a massive year for me as I will hopefully start my horse in the Grand Prix which is the highest level of dressage.  This year I will be competing in the CDI-Y which is an international Prix St George for young riders.  I have very good sponsors that support me and keep my horse looking the best.

Graduating from Denmark Ag was very important for me as it helped me get my scholarship to Marcus Oldham College.  It also gave me the skills to go into the workplace.

I have a lot of goals for the future. The main goal I am focusing on is to get to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we have a few years and I have a very good horse so it is definitely a realistic goal.  I plan to keep training hard and to start taking on more of my own clients and building a team of horses.  One day in the future I would consider taking my horse to Europe for some intense training and competing.

Whenever I get the chance to get back to Western Australia I always try to catch up with the friends I made at Denmark Ag.”

Jessica Perrin 2011-2012

“I attended Denmark Ag from 2011-2012 and loved the College in every way – the learning, the staff, the residential activities and all. The mainstream course really prepared me for University in terms of content (particularly Animal Production and Plant Production) which was relatable to the course I had my heart set on – a Bachelor of Agricultural Business and Science. I sat the ATAR exams at the end of year 12 and had a great deal of support from the teaching staff who helped me to excel in these exams and get the ATAR I needed to get into the Uni course I wanted – thanks Mr Swallow, Mr Irwin, Mr Morrell and Miss Potter (now Mrs Warburton I’ve been told).

Since graduating from Denmark, I went straight to Curtin University in 2013. In my first year of Uni I lived in the student accommodation on campus and made great friends and had a blast – I refer it to being like boarding school with NO RULES.  I then moved out into share houses with a number of friends and lived the Uni lifestyle of adventures, studying, exams and of cause the University Tavern. I loved the agricultural business and science course that I studied at Uni and graduated in 2015.

 

 

Stephen Brookes (2013-2015)

After graduation I started an apprenticeship at Watercraft Marine at Emu Point in Albany as a Marine Mechanic. I still live in Albany and really enjoy what I do as my apprenticeship allows me to do what I enjoy every day. Outside of work I still get to see my Ag College friends fairly often.

Being a graduate of Denmark Agricultural College has let my prospective employers know that I am work ready and have already had a lot of experience in workplace conditions. In a few years time I will hopefully still be working for Watercraft Marine and completed my apprenticeship. I also hope to travel Australia in the future.

I keep in touch with most of my College friends, even ones that were two years ahead of me.

Katelyn Weinert (2010 to 2011)

I gained employment with Albany  Blue Gum Plantations straight after  I graduated. I completed a forestry course with the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark and this, along with a great reference from the College got me the position. This experience gained me invaluable experience. The hands on skills and the confidence that  I gained at the College all contributed to my enjoying and excelling in the workplace.

After a year of working, and needing to always be learning new things, lead me to investigate enrolling in a University course. Having completed my TEE exams whilst at the College and gained a score that enabled me to enter any of the courses that I chose, I chose to study  Environmental Biology at Curtin University.

Having boarded at the College for two years, I had all the skills and confidence to make the move from Albany to Perth, where I am studying my course. I am really enjoying it and doing well.

During my study breaks I have been able to secure work with my former employer, which helps me to  save money to contribute to my education costs.

Last summer break, I applied to participate in a Turtle Monitoring Program and another monitoring program at the Arid Recovery Centre in South Australia.  If selected, these programs will give me the practical on-the-job experience to add to my resume.

Katelyn and her family would like to acknowledge the great opportunities offered to her at the College. The wonderful  learning environment and dedication of the staff are highly commended

 

William Tohl (2011 to 2013)

In February 2013 I commenced an apprenticeship at  Macintosh & Son in Albany as a Heavy Diesel Mechanic. I moved from the family farm in Kojonup to start my apprenticeship.

Without the assistance and experience that I received from the WA College of Agriculture—Denmark, I would not have had this opportunity. In the future I plan to finish my apprenticeship and work for a few years as a mechanic before returning home to work alongside my Dad on our farm.

 

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