From mapping cuts of meat on a cow to checking out rice in the laboratory, Finley High School students have had some hands-on experience at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation in Wagga Wagga.
More than 200 high school students from across the Riverina visited the centre in June for the annual Agricultural Science Enrichment Day.
Graham Centre industry partnerships and communications manager Toni Nugent said the day’s aim was to give high school students an insight into the work done by professional agricultural and animal scientists.
“The students took part in practical hands-on activities and we hope it has inspired them to consider a career in primary industries and science,’’ she said.
“The Graham Centre is focused on research to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the grains and red meat industries throughout the value chain.
“We want to encourage young people in our rural communities to be interested in this research and this is a great way of showcasing what we do and how they can become involved in the future,” Ms Nugent said.
Activities included live animal assessment, rice grain quality, the health benefits of rice and pasture species assessment.