Doing What You Love


Posted on February 14th, by Madison Simmons in Tales from the Barn. No Comments

IMG_4360The best feeling comes when your academic focus is also your passion! I am fortunate to have had so many great learning experiences and internships as a student at the University of Findlay.

From the moment I arrived at the farm, I never thought I would love it this much or be where I am today. Working at the sheep farm during the summer of 2015 was the best thing ever! Now, I bring the lessons and experience I acquired there over the past two summers back to UF and learn even more.

This is my final semester at UF, and I am excited to be taking Sheep Production and Management with Dr. McCarthy. He loves his sheep and is most enthusiastic when teaching students about his passion. Similar to Beef Production and Management class last semester, this class assigns a pregnant ewe to each student. After the ewes give birth, students are responsible for checking on their lambs daily, as well as vaccinating and weighing them. At this time in the semester, social media is filled with students posting images announcing the arrival of their lambs and their new status as new lamb parents.

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Not only do we get to take care of our own ewe and lamb, but also learn aspects of sheep care, production and management in lab. So far this semester, we have spent our time learning about pregnancy testing through ultrasound and blood testing, and vaccinations and when to administer them.  In lecture we have been learning about the different types of breeds —meat, maternal, milking and terminal sires.

This semester is full of all types of learning and application as my time here at UF is coming to an end quickly. Seeing how far I have come in the four years I have been here is amazing, and I can’t wait to see where I will be headed next year!





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