Touring the farm: Elementary students get up-close visit with show animals

Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Visiting the Farm

VISITING THE FARM – Lesa Lyon’s first-grade class from Boyd Elementary take a picture with Dixon the goat during the class’ visit to the Boyd FFA barn. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

On her visit to the Boyd FFA barn, first-grader Bayliegh Medlock quickly came to the conclusion the pigs were her favorite animal.

“Because they are cute,” Medlock said.

Medlock and her classmates also had the opportunity to pet show rabbits, goats and see the cattle last Wednesday.

“My favorite part was the rabbits. They were soft,” said Hudson Carroll.

Throughout the day, classes from Boyd Elementary made the trip across town to the ag barn at Boyd High School to learn about the animals from the school’s FFA officers.

“It’s a chance to expose them to raising animals and show them this is an option and something they all can do,” said Boyd ag teacher Scott Rawlings.

“Many of our grandparents were tied to farming and ranching, and we were around [these animals]. These kids do not have the same opportunity.”

Soft Bunny

SOFT BUNNY – Boyd first graders pet a Californian rabbit during their recent trip to the Boyd FFA barn. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Rawlings said more than 400 elementary students visited the barn to see the animals, ask questions and take pictures.

Boyd FFA treasurer Rilee Hale ran the photo station that gave each class a chance to take a picture with Dixon the goat, who was dressed like a reindeer.

“It’s been interesting. The kids asked if it was a goat or a reindeer,” Hale said. “They love to see all the animals.”

Boyd FFA historian Rebecca Marsh and Tatum Miller let students pet a Californian rabbit.

“I like showing the kids the animals. They don’t realize they can show them, and they are not just pets,” Marsh said. “This may be their only time to be close to the animals.”

Marsh did get a kick out of the questions from students about the rabbit.

“They asked how the rabbits were made. I told them they were brought by the Easter bunny,” Marsh said. “A lot of kids also think they just eat carrots.”

Boyd first-grade teacher Ashton Foster agreed it was a great experience for her students.

“They do get very excited to see the animals,” Foster said. “We have one kid that just moved here from Chicago and he’s never seen any of these animals.”

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