“When I graduated from the WA College of Agriculture, Denmark, I moved to Redmond and picked up part-time work at the Mt Barker sales yards (thanks to the skills I picked up at the College) and took on a second-in-charge position at Ed Harry’s in Albany. It was nine months after I left the College that I decided to go and study at the Muresk Institute, now known as the Curtin school of Agriculture and Environment. While waiting for my first semester to start in February 2006 I moved back to Balingup and picked up work in a local vineyard.
I completed my Bachelor Degree in Agribusiness Marketing at the end of the year, followed by my Diploma in education. I am now teaching at Quairading, where I live with my partner Linden, on his farm ‘Argyle Park’. The farm is used for cropping, some land is being put to sandalwood trees and a merino stud is also run on the property.
The fantastic part of being a Denmark Agricultural College graduate is the great friends I made while I was a student; friends I will have for life. I still keep in touch with just about all of the friends I made here, and we also manage to catch up from time to time, if not every other weekend.
Attending the Ag. College gave me the skills I needed to reach my goals. I didn’t just learn about stock work, breaking in cattle, lamb and calf marking, milking, how to work in a vineyard or any other of the many skills I took away with me that can be shown on a piece of paper. I also found my independence, developed my social skills and discovered that my true passion was in agriculture and teaching others about agriculture too.
I love what I am doing now; teaching and living on the farm with Linden, our cat Mr Jingles and our two kelpies Boss and BB. It is exactly where I hoped I would be several years ago when I contemplated my future.
My partner and I plan to go abroad and travel to a number of places around the world including Madagascar, Canada and New Zealand. When we return to Western Australia I hope to become a teacher at one of the agricultural colleges and with luck it will be here at Denmark!”
2013: Shae is now in her second year of teaching at the WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin.