Bachelor of Agriculture and Land Management put to the test
Julie Proctor from the Age recently reviewed NMIT’s Bachelor of Agriculture and Land Management degree in the article: Is the farmer’s life for you? If you’re interested in taking further study in Agriculture, make sure to check it out.
NMIT returns to SAFE with expert information and advice
The seminar program presented by NMIT at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE) was a great success, featuring 18 presentations over three days. The seminar program is based within the NMIT Ag Zone - an established landmark within SAFE that has earned a reputation over the past few years as a hub for up-to-date information and advice on all things agricultural.
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NMIT viticulture graduate follows his nose overseas
A love of wine has taken NMIT graduate Sam Cook halfway around the world. After completing his Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking degree at NMIT in 2010, Sam has now found success working for a boutique wine merchant in London and is looking forward to the opportunities that London will bring.
Blooming success at the recent WorldSkills Australia National Competition
Congratulations to Horticulture (Landscape) students, Alden Meale who won gold and Ryan Dahlblom who won silver in the recent WorldSkills Australia National Competition. The pair will form the Landscape Construction Team that will represent Australia in the WorldSkills International Competition.
NMIT Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing set to grow in 2013
NMIT's Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing programs will expand in 2013! Following a decision by Victoria University to discontinue its programs in these areas, NMIT has begun preliminary discussions regarding the transition of Victoria University students to NMIT.
NMIT signs equine memorandum in Malaysia
Recirculating aquaculture systems workshops
In April NMIT hosted a two day workshop on aquaculture recirculation technology which drew participants from as far away as Malaysia. The workshop was held in association with Australasian Aquaculture 2012 conference.
Horticulture students win at Melbourne International Flower and Garden ShowHorticulture students have once again enjoyed great success at the recent Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Tamara Koelmeyer was the joint winner of the Lysaght Landscape of the Year Award and Cara Hinsley won second place in the Achievable Gardens Competition.
Floristry Students Major Win Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2012
Three NMIT Certificate III in Floristry students made a clean sweep of the MIFGS Student Floral Design Competition. Taking out the trifecta with Naomi Paterson, taking first place followed by Celestine James (2nd) and Jennifer Mentiplay (3rd). Read more about their winning entries.
NMIT Horticulture Graduates Win Scholarships to Jerusalem
Diploma of Ornamental Horticulture graduates, Trevor Seppings and Natalie Simmons are the first Australians to be awarded scholarships to work at Israel's Jerusalem Botanic Gardens (JBG) for a six month placement. The 30 acre gardens, in the heart of Jerusalem, house 10,000 plant species, including 200 Australian plants, making it the largest of its kind in Israel.
Earthlinks is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Faculty of Earth Sciences at NMIT to keep you up to speed with what’s happening in the NMIT Earth Sciences community. Read the first issue for 2012.
NMIT Steers toward Success at the Melbourne Show
At this year’s Royal Melbourne Show, Diploma of Agriculture students received numerous awards in the carcass judging and cattle handling competitions. Highlights included Kirsten Stead being awarded third place in the Angus Steer export weight class (546 – 728kg) and NMIT being awarded first place as the highest placed school or institute in a led class.
The cattle handling competition saw first place go to Peter Bekiaris, second to Madeline Logan and third to Stephen Sierakowski. Read more in the NMIT news article.
Partnership between City Of Whittlesea, Citywide and NMIT Blooms
NMIT students with intellectual and learning disabilities are involved in an initiative with Citywide, City of Whittlesea’s parks and gardens maintenance provider. The students will help Citywide staff plant 18,000 new trees, plants and shrubs throughout the Whittlesea municipality over the next few months.
Heather Newhnham - Bachelor of Equine Studies
Heather Newnham Bachelor of Equine Studies recently received some good news and bad news. She recently beat fierce competition to win a 12 month Equine Breeding Farm Internship at Colorado State University only to find out that she could not secure a visa to get to the States.
Heather heard about the internship while on a study trip to the United States in 2010 funded by a $12,000 award from NMIT's Study Grants Program (sponsored by Iskander Racing and Breeding). As part of the study tour, she attended the Kentucky World Equestrian Games and completed a short course in Advanced Equine Reproduction at Colorado State University. Read more about Heather’s story.
Centre of Excellence Northern lodge continues to improve its bloodlines and quality of its bloodstock.
Northern Lodge is one of the finest thoroughbred training properties in Australia and runs a commercial thoroughbred breeding program with its own broodmares and stallions. NMIT staff recently attended the nation’s leading broodmare sales and purchased six quality broodmares. These mares, along with the current breeding stock, will further enhance the pedigree diversity and depth of the broodmare band which will also result in some high quality foals. Learn more about the lodge and the NMIT Equine courses available.
Career Change pays off from Chef, Baker, Owner to Angus Producer
Peter Billings took a big step when he decided to change from working as a chef and baker in charge of a Brumbies Bakery in Melbourne, to managing his father-in-law’s farm at the foot of the Otways just south of Winchelsea growing Angus beef. He made the move after an intense year of study in Agriculture at NMIT’s 200 hectare Yan Yean training property. Learn more about Peter’s story in - A ‘farm-change’ pays off in Stock and Land.
Wins for NMIT at 2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
NMIT Horticulture students proved to be a big success in this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, including Marjorie Cornelius (Certificate III in Floristry) who won a Gold Medal for her creation in the Advanced Student Floral Design Competition, Corey Blake (Certificate IV in Applied Design (Landscape)) in taking out the coveted Don Fleming Award in the Student Landscape Design competition and Leanne Burns (Certificate IV in Horticulture) who won the Lysaght Blue Steel award for her entry in the Avenue of Achievable Gardens competition.
2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
NMIT Horticulture students featured prominently in some of the most prestigious awards presented at the 2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) in April.
Read more in the NMIT News article.
Equine graduates get jobs
NMIT Equine Stud Management graduates are building an impressive industry reputation, with three former students receiving job offers at one of Australia's most established stud farms. Congratulations to Shannon Jelic and Chloe Jones for making a great first impression with industry. Read more in the NMIT News article.
Australian Pruning Competition
NMIT's Earth Sciences Faculty are hosting this year's Australian Pruning Competition at NMIT's Northern Lodge vineyard at Eden Park.
When? Friday 29 July, at 10am.
Registrations for competitors close July 22. Check out details in the media release: Smoking Secateurs - Who is Australia's number one vine pruner?
Singapore Training Academy for Racing (STAR)
In recognition of the changing face of the farrier profession, the Singapore Turf Club has initiated the STAR Program with NMIT to oversee farrier training modules that ensure the maintenance of industry standards. More details and links can be found in the NMIT News article.