Our "farmers of the future" have spent a day learning how they can stay safe on the job - on quad bikes, with livestock and in their own heads.
About 50 Calrossy Anglican School students of agriculture and primary industries took part in a Farm Safety Day on Friday at their Tangara Trade Training Centre.
And "there were a few lightbulb moments", school development co-ordinator Michael Wilson said.
"Obviously the boarding population of the school is huge, with a lot of students from farming backgrounds … they can then taken that [information] home and put it into their own farm practices," he said.
The day was a partnership between the school, SafeWork NSW, TOCAL College, the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program and Local Land Services.
LLS livestock officer Sally Balmain was among the presenters, telling and showing how to work safely and efficiently with stock.
"Animals can be unpredictable … but if we can handle our stock well and educate them, our yard staff, workers and kids how to handle stock safely [we can] make an injury as least likely as we can," she said.
Year 11 student Matthew Tomlinson, who is from a cropping and cattle grazing property near Moree, said he'd found it interesting how stockyard design could affect cattle movements.
But he said the most eye-opening information for him was quad bike death and injury statistics.
Almost 130 people died riding them from 2011 to 2018 alone, according to Safe Work Australia.
"Also, to every one fatality there were about 300 injuries related to quad bikes across Australia," Matthew said.
"We’re pretty much all quad bikes on our place … it's made me realise a little bit more that it’s better to be safe."
The students were joined in the safety day by a few members of the wider community.
Acting director for regional operations, John Ringland, said SafeWork NSW "recognises that farming is actually one of the most dangerous industries you can go into".
"Statistics will tell us it has one of the highest injury rates in NSW and across the country," he said.
"We also know that young workers are most at risk from being injured …
"There’s a strong feeling in the agricultural community that farmers are not just owners of farms but custodians of the agricultural industry and, in handing over to the next generation, we want to help them hand over to not just a productive generation but to a safe generation."