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ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

1. Go to the Sheep Game and play it.

Sheep Game

 

2. What did you learn from this game? Talk over with a partner.

 


A Taste for Magpie Geese? Really!?

 MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

IndigenousAustralian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

 

1. "Forget kale and quinoa, the next big food fad could be an animal that is considered a pest by Top End farmers. Magpie geese have a reputation for destroying crops in the Northern Territory, but now some of world's best chefs are serving them up to their customers." (Source: ABC)

Read this article about Magpie Geese [Former Port Adelaide star...] and the new industry - how to provide magpie geese on a large scale to Australian city restaurants.

Reading

 

2. Birdlife Australia tells us that Magpie Geese are widespread in northern Australia "where they may congregate in huge flocks often comprising thousands of birds".

Magpie Geese
Magpie Goose "The Magpie Goose is a specialized feeder with wild rice, Oryza, Paspalum, Panicum and spike-rush, Eleocharis, forming the bulk of its diet". (Source: Birdlife Australia)

NT holds the largest population with an estimated population of over 2 million individuals.

These birds are large and grows up to 90cm, slightly smaller than a Black Swan.

The Department of Land Resource Management limits hunting to 3 - 4 months of the year, for which a permit is required.
(Source: Parks and Wildlife, NT)

Magpie Goose

Fast Facts to consider:

  • The business can process 20 birds in an hour
  • The demand is for 200 - 300 birds per week or 15,600 birds per year
  • The business needs to be sustainable - have little or no impact on the number of breeding pairs. It also needs to comply with the NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport regulations of only harvesting 10 - 14% of the 2 million birds (200 - 280K) including the 60K hunted by Aboriginal traditional hunters and 20 - 40K by non-traditional hunters.
  • Magpie Geese's eggs are 3 times the size of duck eggs (which retail for about $8/dozen) (Source: Bush Tucker Recipes)
  • Chicken livers are sold for $3.98/kg (Source: Woolworths)

Magpie Goose getting plucked
Magpie Goose getting plucked

Recipes for Magpie Geese:

Magpie Goose meal
Magpie Goose at an Adelaide Restaurant, Orana

 

3. You are to work out:

a. A sustainable trap to capture the birds without hunting

b. How many sales of Magpie Geese will ensure that 9 workers will be paid $50K per year if the birds were worth - $50, $75, or $100 each.

c. What other Magpie Goose products could be added to the business?

d. The business' maximum growth

e. Devise a marketing campaign to encourage both Australians and visitors to eat Magpie Geese. Use Canva to create a poster about the delights of eating Magpie Geese

Canva

 

 

 

Seaweed, methane emissions and cow burps: What's the connection?

High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

 

1. Read the following article from The Conversation 13 October 2016 Reading

The Conversation

2. Take note of all the statistics within this article.

Discussion

Discuss with a partner. What did you find the most interesting?

3. Describe the chemical process of the effect of seaweed on methane production.

4. What is the vision for the future of seaweed farming? What impact will it have on livestock farming?

 

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