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Ellie’s mom “Farmer Amy” gets up on the hay to explain what they will be doing that day. A fi eld trip to meet Florence the cow and learn about livestock BY ELLIE KENAGY, OREGON, AGE 14 PHOTOS BY GEORGIA KERSCHNER Fa ntas t ic or most of us working with and Fa r m Day Near the dairy cow station there are little calves to pet. knowing how to handle cattle and livestock in general, it is really no big deal. It’s almost like a second nature, right? I think we take F it for granted sometimes. I didn’t realize how blessed I have been to grow up in an agricultural-based environment until my family began hosting a farm fi eld trip each spring. When I was in fi rst grade, my teacher taught a farm unit. During that unit, we would hatch and raise chicks in our classroom, and then the FFA kids would bring their projects to the ball fi eld for us to see and pet. Well, to me, I always thought it wasn’t very exciting because basically, if there weren’t any cows, I wasn’t all that interested. Years later my mom talked to the teacher and offered to host a farm day at our place. We are located close to the school so they wouldn’t have to go far, plus we have a variety of pets and livestock. It was also a great opportunity to promote agriculture and to show that we do our best to take care of our animals. The teacher jumped on the idea and Farm Day at “Farmer Amy’s” (my mom) began. Basically what happens is we have the bus driver drop the kids off at our barn. My mom climbs up on a bale of hay and talks for a few minutes, explaining what we are going to be doing that morning; then it’s off to the races, or… er… huh… the corrals. We show them the squeeze chute, explaining that cattle feel safer and 14 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2016


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