This update on barn goings-on is from Barn Manager Meg Anderson. Thanks to all of you for your interest in the campus livestock program. Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved.
*Note: For those of you with a special interest, you can read more about orf and our approach to addressing animal health issues in the barn online here.
The farm has been buzzing since the beginning of the semester! Our work-study students and animal training intern have been very busy ensuring that the barn stays clean, safe, and that all of our animals’ needs are being met. The following groups of students have already been involved with the barn and animals, whether just visiting or using the space as a learning tool, and we only expect the number of folks to grow in the future:
- Interpretive Methods: Creating signage and multi-media presentations for the animals and fields
- Unity Experience: fact-finding scavenger hunt at the barn
- Animal Health: Parasite survey and animal husbandry on barn critters
- Animal Training: Desensitization and stanchion training with the goats
- Intro to CWCE: Introduction to the space and enrichment
- Pasture Management: Field/Soil survey and animal handling techniques
We are off to a great start and can’t wait to expand our reach. We have hit some bumps in the road as the stress of integrating the animals into the college community has caused a flare-up in parasite levels as well as an outbreak of sore mouth or ‘Orf.’* After a visit from the vet we are on track to build our animals up to their fullest potential.
One more happy announcement is that on the 18th of September, our Silver Fox rabbit ‘Sylvie’ gave birth to a litter of 8 healthy, happy kits. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about goings-on in the barn, please feel free to contact me.