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NW Iowa students to attend animal science field days

By Staff | Mar 5, 2015

SHELDON – Students from 30 area high schools, grades 9 through12, are invited for morning or afternoon sessions on March 11, 12 and 13 to join Iowa State University Extension for Animal Science Field Days.

Each day will be two sessions, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College, in Sheldon.

This year features the animal science of beef and dairy with area business partners.

The schedule for the next three years are sheep and goats in 2016, swine and biosecurity in 2017, and horse and small animals in 2018.

The global purpose of animal science field days is to engage students in hands-on, animal science learning and create awareness of possibilities of careers in Northwest Iowa.

Youth with an education in animal science are qualified for a wide variety of challenging careers. There are more than 500 different job classifications for animal science careers.

ISU Extension is building on existing partnerships with high schools, FFA clubs, homeschool families, colleges, businesses and industries to offer these field days.

The goal is to connect youths with local businesses and industry leaders creating awareness of this fast-changing industry by providing information and resources on how to prepare for these careers.

All high schools were invited from Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, O’Brien, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay and Cherokee counties.

Every day will be different. Students will be assigned to four of eight stations. The business partners vary depending upon the day.

Every student will attend four stations presented by area businesses either morning or afternoon.

Partner and presenters include Wells Enterprises, representatives from AMPI, representatives from Maassen Dairy, veterinarian Dr. Fred Sick, Mary Grieman, from the Iowa Beef Foundation; Chris Benson, from Morningside College; Kevin Stamer from Farm Credit Services; Amy Powell, ISU Extension livestock specialist; Sioux Automation; representatives from South Dakota State University; Emily Kurtzleben, from Elanco; representatives from Iowa Lakes Community College; Beth Doran, ISU Extension beef specialist: and Garret and Leann Englin, along with ISU Dairy Club members and An-Cy students guides.

Lunch is sponsored by Bar K Cattle, LLC, in Sioux Center; Western Iowa Dairy Alliance; Sioux County Cattlefeeders; Farmers Coop Society, in Sioux Center; O’Brien County Cattlemen’s Association; Wells Enterprises; AMPI and City View.

For additional information contact Beth Bunkers in the O’Brien County Extension office at (712) 957-5045 or Cindy Cleveringa in the Sioux County office at (712) 737-4230.

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