From freshman year, animal science students get to attend classes at the barn. Beginning sophomore year, we have animal care as homework and a grade. As part of the sophomore curriculum our reproduction and nutrition classes require us to go out to the barns and feed. It can be a burden to have to work every week, but in the end, the relationships made during barn hours are worth the time and effort!
For my animal nutrition class, I am required to go out to the barn once a week and take a feeding time. The times are the same as show cattleâ€”7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Additionally, each student works one weekend per semester. At feedings, there are around ten people that are then divided into three groups. Each group is assigned a certain number of animals … Read More »
Monday morning was exciting and fun as I went to the barn to help break in the new calves for the Show Cattle Team. Monday was the first day that the calves had seen a halter and had contact with people, so it made for quite the challenge in haltering them and tying them to the gates. Two of us, myself and another team member from last year, were sent to halter up all ten calves. We knew what to do, but itÂ was certainly easier said than done!
We climbed into the pen, and they all gave us a wide-eyed stare. If we moved toward them, they would go running the other direction. One calf loved to run and kick at us! I had some close calls and got head butted a few times â€” one cow was throwing his head … Read More »