HUNDREDS of people gained an insight into training and careers in agriculture at the weekend as Muresk Institute hosted its annual open day.
Officially opened by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson, the event showcased new technology and techniques in the agricultural industry.
It gave visitors the chance to discover careers available in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors, while also learning about the wide range of training programs delivered at Muresk Institute.
The event also put the spotlight on a partnership between the Institute and WA Dohne Breeders Association, which donated 200 Dohne commercial ewes last year. Under a partnership agreement, proceeds from the sale of the first clip of wool shorn from the ewes would be donated to charity.
Muresk general manager Prue Jenkins said Beyond Blue and the Royal Flying Doctor Service were presented with a cheque from the sale.
More than $4500 was raised from five bales of wool sold at auction.
“This partnership is a great example of the co-operation between local breeders and Muresk Institute, which not only supports two worthwhile organisations but also provides valuable learning opportunities for students,” she said.
“The open day allowed all potential students to gain more information about this partnership while also showcasing other programs and alliances with industry, universities and training providers.”
The open day included drone technology, quad bikes, low-stress livestock handling and working sheep dogs for visitors to observe.
Ms Jenkins said a lot of work had been done in recent years towards re-establishing Muresk Institute as a centre of specialisation and improving the perception of agriculture and agribusiness careers.