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Indonesian students set foot on cattle country

Shifting cattle … Muhammad Ali Rahman from Padjadjaran University and Whitney Dollemore from DPI&F Shifting cattle … Muhammad Ali Rahman from Padjadjaran University and Whitney Dollemore from DPI&F

Twenty animal science students from universities in Indonesia have begun work on pastoral properties across the Northern Territory following an intensive skills training block at Katherine Rural Campus last month.

Agriculture and Rural Operations Team Leader Tim Biggs said this was the third consecutive year that Katherine Rural Campus had hosted undergraduates through the NT Cattlemen’s Association’s Indonesian Pastoral Student Exchange.

“Over the past few weeks they have worked with Civil Train, St John Ambulance, and the Department of Primary Industry to equip students with a solid set of skills that allowed them to hit the ground running,” Mr Biggs said.

“There was an emphasis on work-place safety, first-aid and how to provide basic emergency life support,” Mr Biggs said.

“They also learnt how to handle cattle, how to operate motorbikes and how to maintain fences and paddocks.”

Mr Biggs said the group was based at the campus for three weeks but visited the Douglas Daly and Kidman research stations for some first-hand station life experience.

“They are now at several properties in the Barkly and near the Western Australian border, where they will make a significant difference in what is typically a busy time of year.

“The weeks leading into the dry season are some of the busiest of the year for pastoralists as they muster their cattle for branding, vaccinations and pregnancy tests.”