Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4-H Field Trip

The kids' May 4-H meeting was a field trip, and we went somewhere near and dear to my heart.  We visited Wye Angus, where I worked as an intern my last semester of college and for a year after I graduated.  I can't even begin to explain how much I loved working on that farm.  I loved everything about it..the history, the scenery, the cattle. 

Here's a video explaining the history a bit, as told by my former boss.  He also narrated our hay ride for the 4-H meeting. Everyone piled onto the wagon for the ride. 

















We went through the farm and out into one of the fields where cows, their calves, and a bull were out grazing. 
































It was getting dark, but I still managed to get a few pictures.
















The kids were pretty excited about being out in the field with the cattle.  I forgot that they only have sheep and goat experience, not cattle.  I think they were impressed with the size...especially the bull!
















The bull. 
















The cows were scattered at first, busy grazing. 
















But after just a bit they got curious and wanted to know more about us. 
















Devin was nice enough to take this picture of Kylee and me.
















More cows...
















More pretty scenery...

















The kids had a great time!   They loved seeing the cows, and they were a little excited and scared knowing there was a bull just a few feet away.  Part of the tour was describing the breeding program, including embryo transfer and recipient cows (yes, cows can be surrogate moms too!).  Devin asked what an egg was, so on the way home I got to explain about eggs and sperm, and how when an embryo is frozen it isn't exactly like freezing an actual calf.  Fun stuff!  I enjoyed showing the kids where I used to work.  It was definitely a great 4-H meeting!

3 comments:

Becky said...

What a great 4-H club you guys have! I hope we're so lucky when we find our local club. :) That bull is impressive!!!

Momma/Deb said...

What fun!! The kids are lucky that you started them into 4-H!!! Way to go Katie! I hope they enjoy it as much as you did! Cool hay ride! That bull looked pretty serious! Love you, Momma

Momma/Deb said...

Oh, and it was good to see the Wye Angus farm again. I had fun visiting you there!! I can still remember riding the 4 wheeler one time and meeting the guys in the lunch room! I am happy that you remain attached to places like that from your past! Momma

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