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Established in 1984, Tocal Field Days is the premier agricultural event in the Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast Regions. Held at Tocal College on 3,4,5 May, come along and see the latest innovations for the land, animals, good food and wine, or just for a great day out.

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Created with input from commercial and recreational beekeepers, and bee biosecurity officers, the Beekeeping Record Book is an easy way to record your hive management activities and keep your records organised. Keep these records for 5 years to meet your requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2016.

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Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) was detected in sentinel hives at the Port of Newcastle in June 2022 during routine surveillance by NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).

Since its detection Varroa is now considered endemic in NSW, and the state is now in transition from an Emergency Response to ongoing Varroa Management. 

Two zones of operation now exist in NSW, the Varroa Mite Suppression Zone (Green) and the Varroa Mite Management Zone (Orange). There are different rules that apply within the different zones around what you can and cannot do. 

For more information please visit: NSW DPI Varroa Mite Emergency Response and Managing your hives with Varroa

This short online course will assist you to build confidence in: 
  • Varroa surveillance 
  • Monitoring for arrival 
  • Monitoring mite loads for management/treatment 
  • Integrated pest management
Enrol for free!

Preparing for drought

Check out our Drought Skilled page, where you can find our book Preparing for Drought and some of the courses we offer that are designed to improve the knowledge and resilience of farmers in practical ways.


Open days

An opportunity for young people to find out about life and study at Tocal, with tours of our campus and farms, and a presentation about our full-time courses and available careers.

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Tocal - We love it!

A promotional video for Tocal College featuring students from 2019. Find out more about becoming a student with Tocal College.

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