Japanese students get a taste of Aussie farm life

Five Japanese students, from areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake, subsequent tsunami and nu-clear power-station accidents, are this week experiencing farm life on Australian cattle farms.

The students, who are participating in the Australian red meat industry supported together with Japan scholarship, facilitated by MLA, are being hosted by Australian farmers across Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

The Cattle Council of Australia supported the program by identifying some of host families who wished to take part of this good-will initiative between Australia and Japan. The program is an excellent opportunity for the students to have some experience on a farm that was completely different to a traditional Japanese cattle property. David Allen from Victoria is hosting Sho Kanno from Fukushima. David said “it is a great experience for Sho to see how we manage cattle and keep them in good condition, regardless of the season. We have dry conditions at the moment, but we have a feeding program to ensure the quality of cattle and it is working well”. David has provided Sho with an array of activities whilst staying at his Victorian property from fencing, cattle and sheep work, feeding out and participating in their breeding program.

Students have gained an insight into the Australian red meat industry providing a different example of farming compared to the typical Japanese farming operations. Not only have the hosting properties provided these students with on the farm experience discussion about the challenges facing farming globally within- price increases, unpredictable weather, and lack of successors were important areas to cover. Throughout their period of their stay within Australia students will take part in a ceremony at Stockyard Feedlot in QLD providing an example of the supply chain within the Australian red meat industry.

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