Placements

Cropping and Machinery 

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We have a number of hosts in broad-acre dry land cropping areas and some irrigated cropping throughout Australia.

A typical placement would be several thousand hectares with the main crops consisting of wheat, barley, canola and field peas.  This does vary for each State and is dependent on the season.  We also have smaller placements with less hectares who still put in a significant cropping program.

A medium to high level of responsibility is required for an agricultural trainee.  Machinery is made up of tractors, combine harvesters, airseeders, boomsprays, road train trucks, 2wd and 4wd motorbikes.  A valid international driving permit is required and adequate insurance for motorcycle use.

Your duties differ all year round from tractor driving for planting, spraying, harvester or truck driving, farm and workshop maintenance, welding etc.  General farm maintenance is required all year round.

We have many hosts who require machinery mechanics throughout the year.  Arrival of mechanics generally fall in line with our cropping programs which differ in each State.  The best starting times for mechanics would be September/October for harvest and March/April for seeding.

Mixed Farming - Sheep / Pigs / Cattle 

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Many of our host families operate mixed farming enterprises.  These placements are diverse and there are so many aspects of farming involved ranging from crop and beef, beef and sheep, crop and dairy, crop and sheep with some even having crop and horticulture mixed.

These placements range from 250 hectares to several thousand hectares and require a medium to high level of responsibility for agricultural trainees.

Sheep work includes working in shearing sheds, feeding, drenching and lamb work.

Cattle work ranges from feeding and checking cattle to branding, dipping, drenching, dehorning, weaning and mustering.

Crop duties include tractor driving, operating boom spray, chaser bin driving and driving combine harvester (this is dependent on how much experience you have).

Dairy consists of milking, feeding, tractor operation, stock management and farm maintenance.

Stations 

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We have numerous stations around Australia which are generally in remote areas but these are the placements that will provide you with a 'real' feel for Australian life in the outback.  Many of these properties are run by families who are more than happy to host a trainee and treat them like their own.  Station placements are hard to come by as this is where many of our trainee's want to be placed.

Stations are generally hundreds of thousands of hectares and require a high to medium level of responsibility.

Machinery and equipment most commonly used are feedlots, stock trucks, road trains, telehandlers, front end loaders, graders, bulldozers, utes, 2wd and 4wd motorbikes.

You will be involved in mustering which is generally done by motorbike and helicopter.  We have very few placements that still muster by horseback.  Other duties would include drafting in yards and marking cattle, weaning, branding, dehorning, drenching, checking stock regularly, maintaining fences and checking water points.

Dairy 

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Our Network of hosts includes some of the best dairy placements in Australia.  Dairy Farming gives you a mixture of jobs and activities every day.

Properties can be 150 hectares - 1,000 hectares depending on the farm business.  The number of cows may vary from 150 - 2000 cows.  A medium to high level of responsibility is required from an agricultural trainee and it differs from farm to farm.  Some dairies are programmed with the latest technology and others are basic and manually operated.  Dairy sheds can be rotary dairies with up to 80 cows on the platform, others might be herringbones with rapid exit or basic herringbone, 45 or 90 degrees with Alfa Laval milk machines.

Some Australian dairy farms use centre pivot irrigators, some flood irrigate their paddocks and others are dry dairy farms so they don't put water on their paddocks.

Machinery and equipment may be a full range of dairy tractors, mower, tedder, rake, wrapper, seeder, telehandler, cultivator, disc planters, slashers, sprayers, excavator, manure spreaders, silage and hay feeding wagons, 2 wheel motorbikes and quads.

All aspects of dairy farming include milking, animal husbandry, calf rearing, assist with cows calving, vaccinating, drenching, castrating, tagging, feeding animals and mustering.  Tractor operations are making hay and silage, feeding out hay and silage with feed wagon, reseeding pastures, spreading fertilizer and manure.  Farm maintenance can be replacing and repairing fences, servicing machines, controlling weeds.  Most dairy farmers also have beef cattle.

A typical day consists of morning milking, feeding out silage and hay to cattle with tractor and feed wagon, farm maintenance duties, cattle work, afternoon milking.  Duties performed in between milking's will vary depending on time of year and weather conditions.

Apiary 

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If you are interested in beekeeping we can offer some incredible placements dependant on if you would like to be on a large scale beekeeping enterprise in Australia or prefer a smaller family run apiary - we have it all.

Apiaries differ in size with our biggest being 9000 hives producing an average of 300 tonne of honey a year to 800 hives. You will be involved with Queen Bee and honey production.  Some of you may be working with up to 100,000 Queen Bees.  Depending on the season most apiaries move around their hives in forest locations.  Some placements export Queen Bees so you may have the chance to learn about Queen Exportation.

Equipment will be different at every place most bee keeping equipment includes honey processing in the factory, extraction plant and hand tools, bobcats, forklifts, utes and trucks.

You will be involved in all areas of honey production, moving hives in the field and at the base, extracting honey, relocating bees, management and maintenance of hives and honey processing.  Trainee's would need to have a medium level of experience and not be allergic to bee stings.

Fruit and Vegetables 

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All of our placements are accredited operators in the food industry and have adopted HACCP principles.

Placements are available in Bananas, Carrots, Onions and Potatoes.  A medium level of responsibility is required for a horticulture/ mechanical trainee.  You can work either in the field or in the packing shed.

Machinery found at some of our placements can consist of a full range of cultivation, planting, fertilising, spraying and harvest machines, electric centre pivots irrigator, various tractors, cherry pickers, backhoes, bobcats, loaders, bull dozers, scrapers, graders, Scarab compost turner, various trucks and trailers and an on farm workshop.

Depending on your experience you can expect a wide range of production activities from handwork to machinery operation, land preparation, seeding, spraying, harvest and some grading in the field.
Field work includes driving harvesters, off road trucks, tractors with various implements and minor maintenance of the machinery.
Packing shed work comprises of driving forklifts, operating various processing machines, conveyors and packaging equipment.

Flowers / Nursery / Greenhouse  

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All of our nurseries are family run companies that provide an excellent training experience.

Nurseries are generally a couple of hectares in size and are all different in style.  They might be an Igloo type heated plastic greenhouse or maybe standard greenhouses fitted with state of the art climate control systems that monitor and control the conditions ensuring healthy crops.  Some growers also have outside seasonal production.

Nurseries provide a variety of spectacular flowers such as Carnations, Alstroemerias, Lilies, Peonies Roses and Freesias, and Gerberas and some specialise in potted colour and vegetable seedling production.

Equipment found can be pot houses, automatic transplanter, bunching and processing machine, various planting machines, packing shed, forklifts, trucks, 2wd and 4wd motorbikes.

Duties and responsibility depend on what you desire.  These will differ because of seasons and experience but are mainly plotting, planting, fertilising, picking, crop care, packing and maintenance.  Manual labour is needed for loading and dispatch.

Inside Australia Phone Numbers

Going Overseas: 1800 815 123

Host and trainees: 1300 730 737

General: 08 9064 7411

Email: info@ire.org.au

Outside Australia Phone Numbers

Phone: +61 8 9064 7411

Fax: +61 8 9064 7422

Email: info@ire.org.au

Postal Address

PO Box 92

Narembeen

WA 6369

AUSTRALIA

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