Horses, Pigs, Cows, and Sheep…oh my!

After an evening of picking blueberries and raspberries Thursday night, we ventured into the land of the unknown this morning: the barns. As we caravanned from facility to facility, we examined species large and small for all types of production: breeding, meat, wool etc. Starting out at the Smithfield Horse center we meet horses young and old, a welcome experience for avid horsemen and first-timers alike. Next, we ventured into the odiferous world of the Swine center where we watched live piglet births and learned about swine production from beginning to end. From there we ventured into the diverse world of the Beef Production. While at the VT Beef Barn we saw several beef cattle varieties: Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Simmental, and a few cross breeds. Many students were very excited to pet the friendly Heifers as the approached from afar. Our day concluded with the Copenhagen Sheep Center where we watched sheep herding, saw a llama named Wizard, and got an in depth look into “foot-rot” in sheep. 

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By: Patrick Kelly, Milin Patel, Ella Rak, Kevin Han, Jennifer Hwang

 

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