The ground is starting to thaw up, yet last night we got recovered in snow. Our program is growing, and eager to get back to the sunshine. We've got a pregnant Red Angus that is due any day, two calves outside that are energetic as ever and lots of little guys hanging out inside.
Since the start of the year, our main focus has been Rosie. Rose is a Red Angus that grew up in our local community. She came to live with us this past summer and has been with us ever since. Being pregnant with her fifth calve, the drill is nothing new to her, however it has been a new world for many at the school. Students, teachers, parents, and man more are eager to hear and learn of Rosie and her current state at every breaking moment. Being blessed with great faculty and support, we've been able to set up a live feed camera that allows viewers outside of our classroom to tune in and catch a glimpse of us working with her, and her progression throughout this incredible process.
We've been told through our live feed website that we have viewers from Florida, an entire class of 2nd graders in Kansas, and many more throughout the state and country watching Rosie. This experience has provided many kids with hands-on experiences and learning that have seemed to inspire lots of individuals. As we get closer to the due date, the routines start to change, more visitors pop in our doors and our program overall increases.
This last week, we had an incredible opportunity, in which NPSA came to interview our Animal Science class supervisor, Amanda H. and Reggie R., who was the original owner of Rosie before us. Asking questions as to, "What has the facility and building allowed you to achieve," "Has this event and opportunity helped shape what you want to do in the future," Allowed our program to explain the opportunity from our perspective. Pictures were taken, interviews with a handful of individuals were had and an overall highlight was brought over our program.
The other day our students and advisor demonstrated to many how to pre-check a cow. Being apart of that experience was new to many, including myself, and gave us assurance of the calf's state. We'd thought the calf would be born here a while ago, so as time has gone on, many have grown impatient and worried. However, after yesterday's test, we've gained not only knowledge, but assurance that all is well and well on it's way.
Rosie is due here at any time; the calves are both growing by the day and the guinea pigs, rabbits, and chicken are all content with their lives. As the winter season starts to die off and spring draws near, we're looking to make more advancements to our program including the greenhouse and future additions. We're eager to have another little one running around here in the next couple of weeks, and can't wait to share this experience with not only our program, but the community as well.
- Submitted by Madi B.
Cross County's agriculture program has taken a whole new meaning to "hands-on learning." Rosie, the program's red angus cow, is expected to give birth sometime within the next week. The newborn will be Rosie's 5th calf that she has given birth too. Before she came to Cross County, she was owned by one of Cross County's own students Reggie R.
Reggie used Rosie as a show calf in 4-H, as a bucket calf, breeding heifer, and a cow/calf pair. Rafert also used her to lead into the ring for showmanship. Rafert won multiple purple ribbons and a grand champion with Rosie.
After her days in the 4-H ring, Rosie retired to a feedlot to produce more calves. Rosie spent her time at the feedlot until she came to Cross County, where she is now pregnant with another calf.
The ag students use Rosie as a hands-on learning experience to help prepare them for their future agricultural jobs. Part of their learning experience involves preg checking Rosie. While some students got the opportunity to experience it, many students stayed back to examine.
Chores are a daily part of the student's class time ere at Cross County. Rosie is a living animal that needs to betaken care of, which is exactly what the students do. They provide Rosie with a block of alfalfa, and they clean out her pen, and put fresh straw down nearly everyday for her to lie down.
Rosie isn't the only animal in the ag program that needs to be taken care of. Cross County actually owns 9 different animals that all have to be taken care of. Chores include feeding, watering, cleaning pens, and giving the animals the attention and exercise they require. Clean pens and proper nutrition is emphasized to the students in the ag program, and there are even class lessons over how to keep the animals clean and properly fed.
The program has two guinea pigs, one of the first animals acquired by the program. They are fed with their required amount of pellets and their cages are cleaned almost every day. The program also owns two rabbits and a chicken. Their chores require that their cages be cleaned twice a week, they be ed the proper amount of pellets, and that their water bowl is always filled up. They also need to be taken out of their cages every once in a while and given attention to.
Rosie also has two different calves, which were not birthed by her, to keep her company in her outside pen. Red, who is a red angus heifer, is just smaller than Rosie. Red eats a block of alfalfa everyday for her food. Cesar, who is Cross County's latest animal, is a male black angus calf. He is still pretty small compared to Rosie and Red, but he is continuing to grow. Cesar gets a bucket of grain everyday with a little bit of alfalfa.
-Submitted by Lane K.
We got Rosie as a calf from a rancher in Henderson, NE. She was a twin and the mother could not feed both of them. She was the runt of the two, a little ironic considering her size now! We bought her as a county fair project and showed her as a bucket calf that first year.
The next year, we showed her as a returning bucket calf; she won grand champion in that division along with being the cow I was leading when I won showmanship that year. The next year, she was shown as a breeding heifer while she was pregnant with her first calf. I believe she won a purple in the class that year and had success in the showmanship division as well.
The year after that, she was shown as a cow/calf pair with her second calf; the calf's name was Norman. It was the year we learned something, that in retrospect, should've been common sense, but we didn't think about it until it was too late. Like the previous three years, I took Rosie into the show ring as my cow for showmanship....we didn't think about how she would react to being separated from her calf...it did not go well.
After that, we showed her once more as a breeding heifer the next year, along with showmanship. It was after that when we decided that it was time for her to retire from being a show cow and we sent her to live at a feed lot so she could produce future show calves for us (one of which went on to win the feeder calf class and the other that was shown by my cousin went crazy long before he ever even got to the fair).
She has lived at the feedlot from then until recently when she was moved up to the school here to be our ag program cow and is expected to give birth to her 5th calf sometime before the end of January.
-Respectfully submitted, Reggie R.