[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ilmington College (WC) freshmen spent the past three weeks “halter breaking” calves at the college farm. The purpose of the experience was to learn how to alter livestock behavior through traditional and humane methods.
WC Professor Monte Anderson, Professor Harold Thirey, and Farm Manager Randy Gerber developed a set of guidelines for the students to follow and goals for them to reach during this process. Students were only allowed to work three hours a week, but could work an extra two hours for bonus points. However, students cannot work more than two hours a day. Students were expected to work their weekly hours, learn how to properly put the halter on the calf, and learn how to tie the approved slip knot, a process demonstrated by Randy.
Freshman Kennedy Horn said, “I was excited to work with beef cattle. Growing up on a dairy farm I never got the chance.”
A large majority of the students were excited to get started working with their animals. It was a first time opportunity for those whose did not grow up raising or showing beef cattle. Students agree it can be slightly intimidating working with such a large animal.
Monte’s encouraging quote always gave them hope. “Don’t worry folks, we have them outnumbered. There are 20 of them and 90 of us. They’ve already lost.”
“Don’t worry folks, we have them outnumbered. There are 20 of them and 90 of us. They’ve already lost.” – Monte Andersons
At the end of this experience students said they felt more well-rounded and accomplished having to handle an animal they would not have to work with back home.