Year 11 Cert III in Agriculture zap up a new electric fence

Mr Peter Collett | Agriculture Teacher

Gallagher representative Jayson Webb, donated a day of his time and about $2500 worth of fencing materials to help our Year 11 Cert III in Ag students to construct a brand new electric fence along Yangan road.

Our new electric fence commercially marketed as the ‘Westonfence’ stands at about 1.5 metres in height and consists of 10 wires, half of which are live. Gallagher’s Westonfence is proving very popular in rural Australia as a cost effective answer to exclusion fencing.

Our students were very surprised at the ease and simplicity of the fence erection. Our new Westonfence should keep out any intruders including town dogs that we have had trouble with in the past.

A huge thanks to Jayson and the team at Gallagher for such a generous donation.  We are also grateful for the practical experience of being able to apply our fence erection skills onsite at the College.

 

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities The dust has almost settled on what has been a spectacular term of co-curricular activities.  To …

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

The dust has almost settled on what has been a spectacular term of co-curricular activities.  To close our our tenth week, here is a final wrap up of what’s in store over the holidays and the upcoming choice of activities in Term 4.  Thank you to all students for the effort and enthusiasm you’ve extended throughout the year – we are looking forward to working with you all in Term 4 to make 2019 one to remember!

National Schools Futsal Championships 2019

We take this opportunity to wish all our students attending the National Schools Futsal Championships in Brisbane the very best for their competition in the second week of the school holidays.

Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering will represent Queensland West in the 12-13 years combined girls team whilst, Geoffrey Warren and Toby Callaghan will represent Tasmania in the Under 16 boys team due to numbers, Madison Kane Under 15 and Lucy Jackson Under 16 will both be representing Queensland West, Bradley Cook will contest the Under 19 championships with Queensland South Coast. The draw is now available on the Australian Futsal Association Facebook page.

We wish all students the very best as they play for their respective teams, and we look forward to hearing of their exploits in our first Term 4 newsletter.

Term 4 – Co-Curricular Activities

In Term 4 we have a broad range of activities for students to participate in.  Please review and consider the following list of activities with your children and reply with selections by 30 September.   Following this, groups will be formed and the relevant communications distributed. Please reply directly to the Teacher in charge (TIC) as noted below unless otherwise stated.

Activities on offer are:

Equestrian – continues daily as per usual – Grace Buchholz is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4) – Please contact her direct.

Senior Girls’ Choir – continues as per usual Years 7-12 students.  Mrs Wendy Whittaker is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Sustainability Club – continues as per usual Years 1-6 students Mrs Bernie Bourke is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

JAM Choir – continues as per usual for Years 1-6 students.  Mrs Shell Campbell is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Debating Workshops – commences on Wednesday afternoons for Years 6-8 students.  Mrs Nicola Hight is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Chess and Strategy Games – continues as per usual on Tuesday afternoon for all students.
Mr Malcolm Heather is the TIC (Week 2-7 Term 4) – Please contact him direct.

Pipes and Drums – continues as per usual.  Mr Sandy Dalziel is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact him direct for new members.

Tennis Coaching – continues as per usual on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for students in Years 7-12.  Mrs Carmen O’Grady is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4, Commencing Thursday Week 1) Please contact her direct.

Cooking Club – Years 3-7 Students may only apply and numbers are limited so first in first served. The limit will be dependent on the ages of the applicants and relevant duty of care required. Mrs Mel Stephensen and Mrs Sharyn Bomford are co-ordinating, however, all nominations must go to Mr Bradbury please.

Arranmore SportRookies to Reds Rugby on Tuesday afternoon for all JAM students.  All replies to Mr Tom Bradbury for collation and organisation.  This program runs in Term 4 during Week 2 through to Week 7.

 

Arranmore SportAussie Hoops Basketball on Thursday afternoons for all JAM students. This is a user pays activity and all interested participants need to register via the Aussie Hoops website under SCOTS. This program runs for 8 weeks including Week 10 of Term 3 (commences this Thursday 19 September concludes Week 7 Term 4). Please let Mr Bradbury know if you are attending for supervision purposes.

 

SCOTS PGC Junior Touch – Commences week 2 of Term 4 on Friday afternoons for students aged 5-14. This is a user pays activity. Please go to the SCOTS Junior Touch Facebook Page for updates and register via the Try booking link: https://www.trybooking.com/548701

 

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Mr Tom Bradbury for clarification.

 

Term 4 Swimming Training Program

The College Swimming Training Program will resume on Friday 11 October (Week 1, Term 4) at WIRAC and interested students are asked to register their intent to Mr Bradbury by the end of Term 3 via SEQTA message to assist with planning.

Training will continue throughout the term until Wednesday 27 November. Sessions will be conducted from 6.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, with transportation back to school for all participants. Boarders will be transported to the pool as required.

Students attending this training are advised this is squad training and not learn to swim sessions. All participating students must be able to complete a 100m Medley (25m Free, 25m Back, 25m Breast, 25m Fly) in under 3 minutes to participate in this squad.

Other students are encouraged to enrol with WIRAC for their learn to swim program before entering the College Swimming Training. The College offers junior swimming lessons in class time for learn to swim during Term 4.

All training in the College Swimming Training Program will be paid for by the College and therefore accurate attendance records need to be kept on each of the three days offered.

Please RSVP by COB today

 

Term 4 Cricket – Saturday Morning Competition

Warwick Junior Cricket commences in term 4 with the College intending to participate much the same as we did in Term 1 this year and similarly to our Netball Program.

Students in Years 6-12 (turning 12 years or older in 2019) are asked to express their intentions to play in College teams across the eligible age groups. We are hoping to create a number of teams where possible. These teams are open to both boys and girls and your intention to play should be directed to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 8 October (first day of Term 4).

Students turning 11 years or younger are encouraged to nominate for the Under 11 competition which will see students spread across a variety of teams to participate in a developmental games format. Once again intentions to play should be directed to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 8 October (first day of Term 4).

Please state your child’s age in 2019 when replying to assist Mr Bradbury in grouping students. Training will be held on Wednesday afternoons commencing Wednesday 9 October (Week 1 Term 4) for all interested participants.

Year 12 students are welcome to play; however, we recommend they not pending their commitments beyond graduation as the season will go beyond this time.

All player registrations will be covered by the College, details of which will be distributed once we establish numbers.

Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon

The Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon team will compete at the Queensland School Sport State Championships in Hervey Bay 20-22 February 2020. Students born 2007 may apply as they turn 13 years in 2020.

The selection trial for the Darling Downs team will take place on Sunday 10 November at the Toowoomba Triathlon Race at Oakey.

Students who wish to be considered for the team are to complete both steps below:

1) Complete the DD Regional Trial Permission form along with the 2020 Darling Downs Triathlon Team Nomination form and return both to the DD Sports office by Wednesday 6 November. These must be sent via Mr Bradbury.

2) Go online to the Toowoomba Tri Club website and nominate for the Oakey Triathlon on 10 November.

See Mr Bradbury for all details and the link to the website. All students must have their own bike and their own transport to and from these events. The College cannot transport students in this instance due to the equipment requirements but we will cover your nomination to the DD Trials.

Twelve ways to be a more successful learner

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation “A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell …

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Twelve ways to be a more successful learner

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Our Year 11 and 12 students are in the midst of exam blocks, applying what they have learnt in various ways.  But what do you really need to learn in life? How can you excel? What do successful learners do differently from others? What, in short, are the habits students need to develop to be better learners?

Over the last two decades the learning sciences have begun to provide some powerful answers to these questions.

Here are some suggestions, drawing on research, to help you identify the kinds of learning habits likely to help you succeed. Imagine a clock-face. Think of each of the twelve points of its face as we look at twelve key aspects of learning.

Recently we have begun to understand with greater clarity the kinds of learning habits or attributes which are particularly useful to individuals and to our wider society. Here are two lists, the first from an economic perspective (Nobel Laureate James Heckman and colleagues (2013) and the second through the eyes of educational researchers, Lesley Gutman and Ingrid Schoon (2013).

As you read the twelve suggestions that follow, think about how each might be contributing to one of these desirable learning habits above.

  1. Learning is for life

It’s all too easy to focus on school when thinking about learning. But, school days are just a small fraction of our lives. In the real world of home and work most of our learning will be interest-led, informal and social.

  1. Mistakes are useful

Through the pioneering work of Carol Dweck, we now know that if we see mistakes as our friends, as stepping stones along the way, we will do much better in life. Musicians, writers and engineers all make drafts or prototypes, each one better than its predecessor. That’s how it is with learning.

  1. Tenacity matters

A vital skill is tenacity. Persevering when others have given up and bouncing back from set-backs are the hallmarks of powerful learners. This is one of the key College values.

  1. Practise the hard parts

Getting better at anything requires effort. Thanks to a greater understanding about how expertise is developed from Anders Ericsson, we now know that certain kinds of practice work better than others. Sit at the piano and play over the pieces you know already may build fluency but it does not challenge us. Speeding it up, slowing it down, just playing the left hand – the hard bits – is what we need to do in music and in our learning.

  1. Emotions are important

You have probably heard of emotional intelligence. How we manage our feelings of struggle and how we read the emotions of those around us is of great importance in life and learning.  The College’s value of Respect is key to understanding our own emotions and those around us.

  1. Mind and body

It’s all too easy to assume that learning is about academic subjects. But, as Jacob Bronowski puts it, ‘the hand is the cutting edge of the mind.’ Mind and body are intimately linked. Whether it is our diet, the exercise we take or the muscle memory we acquire as we learn to write or type or ride a bicycle, hand and brain go together.  This is why SCOTS PGC College focuses on an holistic education, placing importance on co-curricular activities and pastoral care.

  1. Learning is a team sport

One of the greatest scientific enquiries underway at the moment is the international collaboration to investigate the so-called ‘God particle’, the Hadron Collider. It is proof, if such were needed, of the power of social learning. Being able to work in teams on complex enquiries is essential as a learner. It is a sad reflection of life in many schools that learning with others can all too easily be seen as cheating when, in the real world, it is one of the smartest things you can do.

  1. Be Creative

In 2021 PISA will test Creative Thinking for the first time. In itself, this is of only partial significance. But to school leaders and employers it says clearly that creativity – being curious, generating ideas, solving problems and so forth – is a large part of learning.

  1. Hang out with the best

When Lev Vygotsky came up with the idea of the zone of proximal development he was reminding us that we make most progress when we are with people who are much better than us. Smart learners seek out experts whenever they can to ensure that they are constantly challenged and mentored.  We aim to encourage all our students to aim for Excellence in everything they do.

  1. Know where you are

Unless you are able to reflect on how you are doing, learning is a bit like driving a golf-ball off a tee while wearing a blind-fold! Having an accurate sense of how you are progressing is essential. Great learners are always asking for feedback to help them establish this.

  1. Set challenging goals

Simply wanting something is not enough. It has often been said that a wish is a goal without a plan of action. Whether at school or at work, setting challenging and specific goals will help to keep you on track.

  1. Look for transfer

If only we could learn something at home and then be able to do it at school; master something in the Maths class and be able to apply it in Geography! Transfer is the Holy Grail of teaching. And we are just beginning to understand its mechanisms. We know, for example, that a transfer is helped if, when you first learn something, you think where else you might use it.  Moving forward we are aiming to bring this more into the classroom, especially within the STEM subject.

Becoming a powerful learner has its own disciplines, just as any set of skills does. Here are twelve suggestions, one for every hour of the day. Whether you are a student, teacher, parent or all three, why not try out one of them?

 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews will be available for all Year levels from Prep to Year 12 over two sessions this term: Thursday 19th September | 3.00 pm …

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Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews will be available for all Year levels from Prep to Year 12 over two sessions this term:

  • Thursday 19th September | 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Friday 20th September | 1.00pm to 3.00 pm

All Prep to Year 5 interviews will be held in the classrooms, while Year 6 to Year 12 interviews will be held in the WALEC.

Bookings will be available via the link on our web page – http://scotspgc.com.au/

 

Sew much Fun!

Mrs Heather Goonan | Knitting and Sewing Throughout Term 2 and 3 our College knitters and stitchers have been very productive. From making handbags to …

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Sew much Fun!

Mrs Heather Goonan | Knitting and Sewing

Throughout Term 2 and 3 our College knitters and stitchers have been very productive. From making handbags to knitting scarves we have spent our lunchtime in Room 10 happily working away, along with lots of chatting and learning.

Eliana has completed a handbag, with very little experience to start with she is now quite competent in a lot of the skills needed to complete more sewing projects.

Jayden has been busily working away to complete his rainbow scarf. His knitting skills have improved enormously along with the length of his scarf.

If anyone wants to join us please come along, you’ll find us in Room 10 each Thursday at lunchtime or contact Mrs Goonan on SEQTA or in person.

Eliana Amos – Year 6

Jayden Blacket – Year 10

Tartan Order Forms

If you are yet to order your copy of the 2019 Tartan Yearbook, please come into Reception or return the order form below to Mrs …

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Tartan Order Forms

If you are yet to order your copy of the 2019 Tartan Yearbook, please come into Reception or return the order form below to Mrs Cartmill before the end of Term 4.

PDF VersionTartan 2019 – Order Form

SCOTS 1 defeat Strikers in the Grand Finals!

Estie Wiid | Netball Coach The end of the netball season resulted in great triumph and victory for our Open Netball team ‘SCOTS 1’, last …

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SCOTS 1 defeat Strikers in the Grand Finals!

Estie Wiid | Netball Coach

The end of the netball season resulted in great triumph and victory for our Open Netball team ‘SCOTS 1’, last Monday night in front of a packed out crowd at WIRAC.

Fans witnessed an extremely close match between two teams who fought tirelessly throughout the entire game. Both sides battled hard in all quarters, each giving 100% to make crucial turnovers.  At the end of the fourth quarter the scores were tied, invoking a further 10 minutes to the game to force a result.

The extra time tested the skills and nerves of our girls, however they responded well under pressure right until the final buzzer.   In unison with our band of loyal supporters, our SCOTS 1 girls worked together to the dying seconds of the match to transfer the ball into the goal circle and secure a thrilling five-point victory over Strikers. A well-deserved win, which demonstrated the determination of every player on the court.

As the saying goes ‘the harder the battle the sweeter the victory’ –  we couldn’t be more proud of the effort and tenacity shown by the team.

Thank you to our loyal parents, supporters and fans for your ongoing encouragement and support on the sideline – you all certainly pushed the girls to do their very best.

Special thanks must also go to the coach, Tiffany Cullen, who worked with the girls during countless early morning training sessions, to reach their full potential.

Get Moving

Mr Tom Bradbury – Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities T3W10 Co-curricular Programme T3W10 Sport Fixtures Here in Australia we love to think we are a …

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Get Moving

Mr Tom Bradbury – Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

T3W10 Co-curricular Programme

T3W10 Sport Fixtures

Here in Australia we love to think we are a sporting nation, however, the statistics are such that really we are a nation of sport watchers who often feel like we are fitter for being around sporting people.

The reality of life is that we are getting busier and the conveniences of modern technology are causing us to be less active than we should be.

The Australian Health Survey (2016) provided several key findings that were alarming for all Australians. The following are the key points as published on ACHPER Victoria’s website and the Australian Bureau of statistics.

In Children and young adolescents, the following were found to be true…

In 2011-12, toddlers and pre-schoolers (aged 2–4 years) spent an average of around 6 hours per day engaged in physical activity. They also spent almost one and a half hours (83 minutes) in the sedentary activities of watching TV, DVDs or playing electronic games.

On average, children and young people aged 5–17 years spent one and a half hours (91 minutes) per day on physical activity and over two hours a day (136 minutes) in screen-based activity with physical activity decreasing and screen-based activity increasing as age increased.

Just under half (44%) of all children and young people (2–17 years) had at least one type of screen-based item (e.g. TV, computer, or game console) in their bedroom. For the 15–17 year olds, three-quarters had some kind of screen-based media in their bedroom and this was associated with them spending an extra two hours per week watching/playing screen-based media compared with those who did not have any such item in their bedroom.

The children and young people who participated in the pedometer study, recorded an average of 9,140 steps per day. Children aged 5–8 and 9–11 years were most likely to reach 12,000 steps per day (22% and 24% respectively), while 15–17 year olds were least likely to (7%).

In Adults, the following was found to be true…

In 2011-12, adults spent an average of just over 30 minutes per day doing physical activity. However, against the National Physical Activity Guidelines for adults ‘to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days’, only 43% of adults actually met the ‘sufficiently active’ threshold.

The highest levels of physical activity were among the young adults with 53% of 18–24 year olds being classed as sufficiently active. Levels of physical activity tended to decline in older ages, with the lowest being among people aged 75 years and over, where the average time spent in physical activity was 20 minutes per day, and just one in four this age were classified as sufficiently active against the guidelines.

Levels of sufficient physical activity were associated with a range of factors:

  • Relative socioeconomic disadvantage: Adults in the least disadvantaged quintile were 1.5 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with those in the most disadvantaged quintile.
  • Health status: Adults who described their health as “excellent” were over twice as likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with people with “poor” self-assessed health.
  • Body mass index (BMI): The underweight/normal weight population were 1.4 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with the obese population.
  • Smoking status: ex–smokers and people who never smoked were 1.2 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with current smokers.
  • Sedentary activity occupied an average 39 hours per week for adults, with close to 10 hours of this sitting at work. People employed in more sedentary occupations such as clerical and administrative workers spent on average 22 hours a week sitting for work.
  • Watching TV was the most prevalent sedentary activity, at nearly 13 hours a week, peaking at over 19 hours per week on average for people aged 75 and over. Using the computer or Internet (for non-work purposes) peaked at almost 9 hours per week for 18–24 year olds.
  • The adults who participated in the pedometer study, recorded an average of 7,400 steps per day. Less than one in five adults (19%) recorded 10,000 steps per day on average.

The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer has also found that these factors are reducing the physical activity of our next generation and have developed the following infographic with guidelines regarding physical activity and these would certainly also hold true for our own society.

Here in Australia our climate and abundant opportunities for outdoor pursuits have in the past kept us in a fairly healthy space in terms of physical activity; however, just like any other modern and developed country we have fallen for the conveniences of our modern world and neglected our long term health.

My advice as an educator of some 25 plus years is simple…

  • Eat and drink a variety of healthy foods whenever you can, and eat the treats in moderation.
  • Move regularly to get that heart pumping – we need to exercise that heart muscle
  • Spread your activity throughout the day
  • Get away from your devices and televisions and take in the ‘real world’.

Now, this is easy for me to say and those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. I know myself I need to exercise more, especially when I spend so much time sitting as I am now, at a computer typing away. So in giving the above advice, I also recommend starting simply with a walk, bike ride, swim or run for even just 10 minutes a day – this will have a positive effect on your long term health. The important thing is that you are starting to form a habit which can lead to even better habits of mind and body.

In stating all of the above, as adults, (parents and teachers) we have a very important role to play in developing healthy habits in our children. if you have ever heard the saying, ‘Monkey see, Monkey do!’, you will appreciate that our children’s habits are often a reflection of our own on a daily basis. Take the opportunity get out and about in the yard with your children – it will be time well spent!

 

 

Reds Rugby – Holiday Clinics

Reds Rugby are facilitating a range of core skills clinics throughout the holidays.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the skills …

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Reds Rugby – Holiday Clinics

Reds Rugby are facilitating a range of core skills clinics throughout the holidays.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the skills they have learned throughout the term or to get started in a new activity.

Register now for one or more of the following clinics:

  1. Queensland Reds Core Skills Holiday Clinic – Warwick

WHEN: Wednesday October 2nd, 10am – 3pm

WHERE: Scots PGC College, Warwick

WHO: Boys and Girls U6s through to U12s

PURPOSE: Skills, Drills & Games designed to develop player core skill levels! Skill challenges and prizes through-out the day!

COST: $60
REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/1931

 

  1.     Queensland Reds Girls Only 7s Clinic – Toowoomba

WHEN: Friday October 4th, 10am – 1.30pm

WHERE: Heritage Oval, Toowoomba Bears Rugby Club

WHO: Girls Aged 8 – 13

PURPOSE: A welcoming environment for players of all experience and skill levels to develop their core skills, with a specific focus on Rugby 7s!

COST: $40
REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/2559

 

  1.    U8/9 Tackle Clinic – Toowoomba

WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 10am – 12pm

WHERE: Gold Park (Top Oval)

WHO: Boys and Girls aged 7 – 9

PURPOSE: Will your child be new to contact rugby next season? Be contact ready. Focus on safety and technique!

COST: $40

REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/4016

Edwooducation – Holiday Activities

Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do these school holidays? Great news!  SCOTS PGC is hosting the E.P.I.K School Holiday Programme which …

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Edwooducation – Holiday Activities

Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do these school holidays?

Great news!  SCOTS PGC is hosting the E.P.I.K School Holiday Programme which will run on 24 and 25 September over the holiday break.  Run by EDwoodUCATION, the programme will include a great number of activities that cater to the active as well as the contemplative students.  Your students will enjoy the following program of activities:

* Construction challenges for the engineers of tomorrow
* Skills-based tennis games and drills for our future tennis stars
* Robotics with Bee-Bot challenges, Sphero programming and LEGO EV3
* Boardgames to enhance strategic thinking (e.g. chess, Settlers of Catan)
* Crazy Science experiments to engage the inquisitive minds.

EDwoodUCATION is a Toowoomba-based educational initiative founded and directed by Ted Carter.  Ted is a fully qualified teacher with over eight years of classroom experience. His holiday programmes are fun, engaging and well enjoyed by the students that participate.

To register for the programme, please visit the website here

Community Notices

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Community Notices

Angus Bull for Sale

SCOTS PGC NED KELLY N3 $7000 This extremely powerful, thick set bull has outstanding EBV’s for both growth and carcass traits. He will add profitability …

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Angus Bull for Sale

SCOTS PGC NED KELLY N3 $7000

This extremely powerful, thick set bull has outstanding EBV’s for both growth and carcass traits. He will add profitability to any breeding programme.

SCOTS PGC NUGGET N7 $4000

 

This well balanced bull was part of our 2016/17 embryo transfer program. His progeny will suit a range of markets making him very good value for money.

For any enquires contact Mr Peter Collett on Ph:0405284070. Please note that if either of these bulls do not sell before next week they will be sold on Auctions Plus.