Warm and fuzzy: Moffat County FFA Barnyard Days teaches kindergartners agriculture basics
The sights and sounds of farm life were on full display Thursday in Moffat County High School’s vocational agriculture building.
The annual Barnyard Days hosted by MCHS’s Future Farmers of America program brought the intricacies of agriculture to life for younger students as kindergarten kids saw the many ways the industry impacts their lives.
Hands-on activities for youngsters included pressing plant life and laminating it for bookmarks, plus seed planting with fruits, vegetables and flowers, while a booth with homemade ice cream let kids see the sweeter side of ag.
Just a few yards away, children glimpsed the animals who help make such treats with milk production.
FFA President Tauren Farquharson introduced the young audience to a Holstein and Mini-Jerseys whose fur they could pet.
“I always ask them what they are and they say cows, and I ask, ‘What do you get from them?” she said. “You can get milk from them but also butter and ice cream, so they get super-excited when they see we have that ice cream station.”
A weaning ring on one of the calves also enabled Farquharson to detail some of the difficulties that can come with younger animals as they grow.
Apart from the cattle, a draft horse, donkeys, a pig, goats and sheep were also among the livestock on display.
“I think they really understand that you don’t just own animals, there’s so much more to it. They can see the whole component,” Farquharson said.
John Deere equipment also allowed kids to climb behind the wheel of heavy-duty machinery, while a working diorama complete with sand, rocks and running water showed the effects of erosion on land.
FFA Adviser Brett Miller said the erosion exhibition is one he uses for a wildlife management class, while other displays were solely done by students.
“This gives them the chance to show off their projects. These kids raise their animals and work with them every day, and for them to be able to teach them about what they’re doing is something they really like,” Miller said. “They enjoy using what we teach them in class and passing it along to someone else so they understand that fully. They can apply some of that knowledge.”
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