FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday, February 12th, 2021
Location(s) of Field Day: U.C. Davis Department of Animal Sciences — Davis, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Aaron Prinz – Animal Facilities Manager, Interim Swine Facilities Manager Kelli Davis – Horse Barn Manager Benjamin A. Rupchis – Goat Teaching and Research Facility Manager Kristy Portillo – Avian Facility Manager Caleb Sehnert – Meat Laboratory Manager
Theme: Post-Secondary Education in Agriculture and Careers in Animal Learning
Summary of the Day: This non-recorded, virtual field day with the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership classes feature several Animal Facilities within U.C. Davis’ Animal Sciences Department. Animal Facilities Manager and head of the 11 Animal Facilities Departments, Aaron Prinz, hosted our FARMS Leadership students for a 1-hour Zoom tour of five of the 11 Departments. Following introductions and a review of the Animal Facilities Manager’s background and career history, FARMS students enjoyed a private screening of video presentations of each of the featured Manager’s Facilities. The digital format of this field day, presented the opportunity to visit and learn about over twice as many U.C. Davis Animal Facilities; as compared with previous field days, due to time and logistical constraints. Hands-on Learning Kits for this field day included some official U.C. Davis-branded swag and Pepperoni Snack Sticks, complements of U.C. Davis’ Meat Laboratory.
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Maggenti show goats raises about 250+ of Boer Goats. They’ve been raising Boer goats for about 10 years now. They sell year round too local and out of state kids for market projects. Showing livestock brings families and friends together while creating everlasting memories. Their goal is to create competitive goats in a fun and healthy environment.
Raising livestock is a full time job. The animals depend on you everyday to supply their food and water. We will kid out babies year round and sell them in lives auctions or an online sale throughout the year. We typically sell casterated males which are called wethers. We will sell wethers for livestock shows once they are weaned around four to five months old. They will then go to their new family where they will be raised and fed and prepared for show. We usually keep all our females to help grow the herd and to replace older females.
We also do a lot of Artificial insemenation work and Embryo Transfer. To help increase your herd quality most people will Flush an amazing female goat and put her embryos into what we call Recip also known as a surrogate. You can get anywhere from 1 to 30+ embryos from one flush on a Donor female. This benefits your program by allowing you to multiply that breeding by one flush rather than having just 1 baby from that Donor. These Recips will then carry the babies for 5 months and kid them out and raise them.
There are other important factors that go into raising livestock. You have to be sure to stay up to date on vaccinations and deworming protocols to make sure they stay healthy and don’t run into any health issues. We start vaccinations when they are a day old to boost their immunity and to keep them healthy. Health is the number one key to keeping your herd reproductive.
During the zoom meeting we went into detail on how to read a feed tag. A feed tag gives you all the ingredients and information you need to know what your animal is eating. It is very important in the livestock world to know and keep track to what our animal is taking in. We went through step by step and learned how to properly read a feed tag from top to bottom. The students also received a sample bag of some goat feed to identify what they thought was each ingredient listed on the feed tag. We had a great time and loved seeing the babies!!
Location of Field Day:
UC Davis, including California Raptor Center, Goat Barn,
Dairy Goat Parlor & Creamery, Dining Commons, and Arboretum
Field Day Hosts: CA Raptor Center and UC Davis UC Davis Animal Science Department UC Davis Arboretum & Public
Theme of the Day: Exploring unique classrooms at UC Davis while learning about animal science.
Summary: We started our day at the CA
Raptor Center at UC Davis. Here, students learned some cool facts about raptors and about the connections between raptors and agriculture. They got to tour the center and meet the resident birds. Next we walked next door to the Goat Barn and the new Dairy Goat Parlor and Creamery. Here, students got to meet dairy and meat goats, and got to tour the brand new milking parlor and creamery. Our Animal Science student and staff hosts helped everyone understand how the milking process works, how goat cheese is made, and highlighted opportunities for internships and coursework in Animal Sciences at UC Davis.
Our next stop was lunch. When on a
college campus, we like to take students to eat at the dining commons so they can experience this important aspect of student life and envision themselves as a college student. We ate at Tercero Dining Commons, where students and teachers alike enjoyed the many choices, including UC Davis Student Farm grown veggies!
Our final stop of the day was a visit to the UC Davis Arboretum. Here, we enjoyed some more of the beautiful scenery that UC Davis offers, learned that ducks should NOT eat bread, and learned about the many opportunities for UCD students to participate in internships with the Arboretum and Public Gardens. These internships exist in many topics that intersect with campus life and the outdoors, including health science, landscape design, habitat restoration, food access and wildlife conservation.