Gallery: Moffat County High School Barnyard Day |

Gallery: Moffat County High School Barnyard Day

The Moffat County High School chapter of Future Farmers of America offered all the fun of the farm during Barnyard Day Thursday at MCHS.

As part of National FFA Week, high school students guided kindergartners from Craig elementary schools through the ins and outs of agriculture with displays teaching about heavy mechanical equipment, planting crops and of course, lots and lots of animals.

FFA members brought in their own furry and feathered friends, including farm dogs, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, horses and cattle.

FFA adviser Ray Sanders said nearly all of the MCHS chapter had a similar experience a decade or more ago when they were in kindergarten.

“It’s a longstanding tradition and they love it,” he said. “It gives the younger kids a chance to grow and learn.”

While showing her cow, Payton Voloshin fielded questions from younger students about the animal’s role in the barnyard, whether for beef or milk.

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Some were well aware of its life cycle, while others were completely unfamiliar, she said.

“Nowadays, not a lot of kids know that meat doesn’t just come from the store,” she said.

The younger students also liked the experience, as did their teachers.

“We’re learning about animals, and here we are, able to see them in real life, so it’s pretty incredible for them to have that hands-on experience,” said Megan Bell, kindergarten teacher for Sandrock Elementary School.