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Animal Science – COS Agriculture

November 6, 2019

The Tulare campus College of the Sequoias sits on 500 acres. The acreage serves as a learning laboratory for the agriculture program. We have the beef unit… Today we are evaluating this class of bred short-horned heifers. swine unit, sheep unit, You know you see their personalities and you see the way these animals, like, live day to day. Like, I think it’s a really enjoyable thing to do for a lot of people. We’re going to teach them how you utilize facilities to appropriately maintain our livestock operation. At the same time, they need to understand the science behind how an animal works. I’ve taken the specific beef production class, sheep production, swine production and then we do animal nutrition and we do math and science. Still, at the same time, you apply it to the animals If you’re like me and most ag students, you want to get out there, you want to get your hands dirty, you want to see what you’re doing. Ruminant nutrition. How do you understand the energy behind that animal? We’ll have you all out your hands in the rumen. I want you to feel the difference between the papillae on top And the papillae on bottom. We also have a dairy facility That’s leased out. Student’s can come on and see that. All of those give students an opportunity to kind of see what’s going on, and get out there into the field. We’re an applied academic program. It was a big surprise and it was really awesome. We have something this nice in Tulare/Visalia area. My major is animal science.

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