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Emerald Agricultural College

Emerald Agricultural College is located on the Capricorn Highway 3km east of Emerald. It is a purpose built agricultural training facility. The College training facilities are complemented by 9300 hectare cattle property 'Berrigurra' where students further develop their skills in cattle production and stock handling. Students also have access to training opportunities on other approved commercial properties.

Practical experience

Training takes place within the College's commercial operations, feed mixing shed, outdoor and undercover horse arenas, vet crush, shoeing bay, engineering workshops, and on irrigated farmland. The College has a comprehensive machinery and vehicle fleet to support practical studies. Outlying property 'Berrigurra' gives greater depth to practical training opportunities.

Cattle production

'Berrigurra' is located 70km east of Emerald. It is typical of industry standards within its region. The property runs a herd of composite and crossbred breeders, and give students an invaluable experience in intensive beef cattle production.

Opportunities for horsemanship training to develop competencies in mustering and drafting cattle are provided. Students also develop skills in property maintenance (fences, water supplies and stock handling facilities) as well as pasture management. Feedlot operations to finish the cattle for market also provide practical training experiences for students.

Irrigated and dryland crop production

Students are an important part of the College's crop production team, gaining extensive hands-on experience in crop production, harvesting and storage, water harvesting and irrigation management. The College runs a combination of dryland and irrigated operations, with 440 hectares dedicated to irrigated cropping. The crops grown on the College farms are influenced by the seasonal and market conditions of the Central Highlands district and can include cotton, sorghum, wheat, forage, and barley among others.

Horse breeding

Emerald Agricultural College has renowned Australian Stock Horse and Quarter Horse Studs which have been in operation for over 35 years.

Students gain practical horsemanship skills and proficiencies in horse breeding, stallion management, health and welfare, and stud stable management in our state of the art facilities. The College horse complex boasts a 1200 sqm undercover arena plus a 250 sqm cemented, undercover, fully equipped shoeing bay including hot shoeing specialist tools.

Classrooms

Students have access to modern, air conditioned classrooms for their theoretical studies. These are complemented by computer rooms, an auditorium for larger sessions and the ‘open air’ classrooms of the paddock, horse arena and feedlot.

Address: 26274 Capricorn Highway, Emerald QLD 4720

Postal Address: PO Box 257, Emerald QLD 4720

Student Support Officer Mobile: 0428 792 140 (for after hours emergencies only)

Phone: 1800 888 710

International Callers: +61 7 4672 3000

Email: enquiries@qatc.edu.au