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Department of Animal Science

Animal Crackers Topics

2018 Topics

Dairy Stations:

Holy Cow– Why can cows and sheep eat grass and other farm animals can’t?  Rather than a small stomach like people have, dairy cattle have a different type of digestive system with a large stomach with four parts.  Did you know they actually have a little help when it comes to digesting plant materials?  Special digesting microbes live in the cow’s rumen.  Have a look and feel inside a live cow rumen.

Wet & Dry sheets-Do different types of bedding materials make a difference in warmth and absorption?  What types will be best for my calves? My cows?  Does the weather outside make a difference?  Time to get down and dirty and you decide.

Moo Recycling Center-The dairy cow is a lean, mean recycling machine.  She can recycle what goes in and what comes out.  Learn about all the different things she can eat because she is a ruminant and what we can do with the manure.  We can make compost for our gardens, bedding for our cows, and planting pots for our veggies or flowers…..not just fertilizer for our crop fields.

Quality assurance– As part of the dairy field, we are in the business of producing food.  A part of animal projects is the relationship between the animal and owner/youth.  Believe it or not there are pillars of character you build in being a responsible animal owner.  Caring for our animals includes feeding, water, housing, and health care.  Health care includes general care like vaccines, but also giving medicine when they are sick.  Learning how to read a medicine label and understanding what it all means and keeping records builds character pillars for the person in being trustworthy, caring, and a responsible animal owner or caregiver.

Milk Olympics-Learn what it takes to make Super Milk and prevent mastitis from udder to bulk tank.  Guaranteed to be an udderly good time.

Doctor Moo-SubQ and IM, what does that have to do with me and being an animal owner?  As a responsible animal caregiver, you might have to give her a shot of medicine sometime.  Let’s go bananas and learn about giving injections under the skin and in the muscle.

Rabbit/Cavy Stations: 

What’s My Type? You will experience an introduction to 5 body types and 4 fur types from an experienced rabbit raiser and judge. What better way to gain hands-on knowledge than from an up close and personal visit with some furry friends.

Green Genes-No, these are not the jeans you wear. Learn more about rabbit genes, genetics, colors, and the difference between genotype and phenotype from a 4-H alumni and judge.

Handle with Care– Learn about proper care and handling techniques from an experienced raiser. You too can become an expert with practice.

Breed Standards-The American Rabbit Breeder’s Association publishes a book of standards that helps identify many breeds of rabbits and cavies. Learn from a breeder and judge how to select the best.

Can Rabbits Get the Flu?-Join a NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets animal health inspector and learn about common ailments, general health, diseases and how to prevent them.

It’s Show Time! Learn from a show registrar how to put on a show. Topics will include show etiquette, organization and other normal routines to expect if you choose to enter the ring/arena.

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