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About our Virtual Classrooms

Australian Good Meat's virtual classrooms give your students the exciting opportunity to engage with an Aussie cattle, sheep or goat farmer! Students will learn:

  • How farmers look after the land and the animals on their property
  • How farmers help us to stay healthy through the production of red meat
  • How different climates in Australia affect the way farmers manage their land and dictate the types of animals they can farm
  • How farmers use technology to ensure they’re farming in the most efficient and sustainable manner possible

Students can participate in interactive activities including quizzes and Q&A sessions throughout the virtual classroom sessions. A qualified teacher facilitates each virtual classroom.

The session is geared towards primary school students and lasts around 45 minutes. There is no limit to the number of students and teachers who can attend.

Term 2 sessions available to book (all in Sydney time)

Thursday 27th May at 11 am AEST
Friday 28th May at 11 am AEST
Thursday 27th May at 2 pm AEST
Friday 28th May at 2 pm AEST

Supporting Resources

Each participant will have access to a suite of supporting resources so learning can continue after the session. There is also a variety of resources available on the Australian Good Meat Education page for teachers and students, including:

  • Curriculum study guides focused on sustainable farming and animal welfare
  • Lesson plans and activity sheets for years 3 - 10
  • Fact sheets for students about the red meat production industry

For more resources about nutrition and how red meat fits into a healthy diet, check out the practical resources and infographics available on the MLA Healthy Meals website.

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Curriculum links

Foundation to Year 2 Year 3 to Year 4 Year 5 to Year 6
Design and Technologies Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing, and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating
ACTDEK003
Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies
ACTDEK012
Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments and prepared to enable people to grow and be healthy
CTDEK021
Science and Technology Foundation
Living things have basic needs, including food and water
ACSSU002
Year 4
Living things have life cycles
ACSSU072
Year 5
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
ACSSU043
Year 1
Living things have a variety of external features
ACSSU017
Year 4
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions
ACSHE062
Year 5 – Year 6
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decision
ACSHE098
Year 1
Living things live in different places where their needs are met
ACSSU211
Year 6
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment
ACSSU094
Year 1 – Year 2
People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things
ACSHE022
Year 2
Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
ACSSU030
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Farmer Profiles

Hugh Dawson

Hugh is the Head Stockman at Beetaloo Station in the Northern Territory. Beetaloo is located on the western edge of the Barkly Tableland, half-way between Darwin and Alice Springs. The station covers over a million hectares and runs 80,000 predominantly Brahman cattle, half of which are breeding stock. Hugh is a 2021 finalist in the Zanda McDonald Award, Australasia's agricultural badge of honour. He is at the forefront of numerous industry initiatives, including the Young Livestock Exporters Network.

Gillian Fennell

Gillian was raised in North-West Queensland and moved to South Australia almost 17 years ago. Gillian and her family live on Lambina Station, a 1 million acre rangelands cattle station in the far north of the state. They run a herd of Charbray cattle, a resilient and adaptable breed which is well-suited to northern South Australia. Gillian sits on the Board of Livestock SA and the Cattle Council of Australia. She is a passionate supporter of regional and remote families.

Tiffany Davey

Tiffany is a fifth-generation farmer from Konnongorring in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt. Tiffany and her family own a prime lamb operation using the Dorper sheep breed. When she’s not on the farm, Tiffany works in a marketing role running Western Australia’s largest agricultural event. Tiffany is a passionate supporter of WA Agriculture. She is a member and the former President of the AgConnectWA Committee, a contributor to the NextGen WA initiative and a WA Young Achiever Awards finalist.

Tim Burvill

Tim runs a vertically-integrated beef business. He farms Hereford cattle at Greenways, in the lower South-East of South Australia, and at Meningie, in the upper South-East of the state. Tim has experience in nearly all facets of the beef industry, including cattle farming, feedlotting, butchery, dry-aging, exporting to the EU market, and retailing to high end restaurants, including his own acclaimed restaurants in Melbourne and Adelaide (“A Hereford Beefstouw”).

Teacher Testimonials

“With the drought and bushfires so prevalent in the news, it was great to talk to Farmer Jo and hear about the little amount of rain they received and to see pictures of how dry it was there.”

Year 2 teacher, NSW

“It’s a fun and relevant educational tool that helps bring the country to the city, so keep up the good work!”

Year 3 & 4 teacher, NSW

“Awesome! Difficult with risk assessments to attend an actual farm so it was exciting to hear a real farmer speak and show us their farm.”

Kindergarten teacher, NSW

“It was a good experience for them and also how to use technology to communicate with other parts around the world.”

Year 1 teacher, WA

“Wonderful presenters - both the interviewer and farmer were engaging, informative and came across at ease. Excellent classroom experience!”

Year 4 teacher, WA