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On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Jesse Ledbetter took his students to Deerview Farm. Wayne Lutz welcomed the Davie High School Animal Science students so that they could learn more about the dairy industry. Animal Science is one of the courses available in the Career and Technical Education’s Agriculture Education program.
Students learned how Mr. Lutz maintains a healthy herd by focusing on nutrition, housing and efficient breeding program. Mr. Lutz has been in the dairy industry for over 30 years and has approximately 125 jersey cows which are known for producing sweet milk.
The students learned about components of a nutritious diet for dairy cattle which includes silage (preserved grass or corn) and cereals, protein feeds, vitamins and minerals to help dairy cows produce milk. The students also learned about the cattle’s quality living conditions of covered shelter, padded mattresses and ample grazing space. In order to protect the health of the calves, Mr. Lutz places calves in separate living quarters shortly after birth to control their environment. This helps the calves build their immune systems without being exposed to the germs from the older animals. The students were able to see where the calves were housed and even enjoyed petting a few.
Mr. Lutz led a tour of the milking barn and Mr. Ledbetter explained milking process and equipment. Milking machines deliver milk directly from the cow to a refrigerated holding tank. This tank cools the milk quickly to a temperature between 38 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and then the milk is transported to processing plants. This is all done in a timely manner to ensure freshness. Government regulations for herd maintenance and milk production were discussed, as well as, water usage and waste management.
Before returning to school students had the opportunity to practice their dairy cow judging in preparation for the State FFA competition later this month. Davie High School’s Agriculture Education program offers students the opportunity to join FFA. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.(FFA mission statement)
Horticulture I & II
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Horticulture class. Students investigate the tree farm side of Christmas as they use a product of the farm (Fraser Fir) and create table arrangements to market during the holidays.