Today we were briefed on what to include in our husbandry placement report that we’ll be working on during this summer. Listening to the professor talk about how to best care for cows and goats got me all excited about the time we’ll be spending in nature and around animals this summer.
We were told to ask questions about the milking machines, what types of feeds the farmer uses, to look out for any possible contamination sources, and what the farmer does to avoid the spread of disease among the animals. I think what I’m the most interested to learn is how to read the cows, and see whether they’re happy, dissatisfied, in heat, nervous, angry, and learn what to be on the lookout for when determining whether they’re sick or not.
It doesn’t lessen my excitement that the farmer’s expecting two calves right about when we’re starting our placement, so I’m definitely looking forward to potentially seeing the birth of a baby cow. I think these four weeks can be one of the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had, and I’m so stoked!