How Denmark’s Veterinary Science Program continues to grow with new events, animals and awards

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Eva and Edna

Knowing the amount of work that students put into the veterinary science chapter and program, Williams is excited to see how much it will continue to grow over the next few years with the help of students.

Some of that growth has already begun this year with the addition of two miniature jersey cows to campus who happen to be identical twins named Eva and Edna.

Williams said they got the four-month-old cows from a Cleveland breeder just days before their farmer’s market, and they were already part of the FFA family.

FFA agents Leah Walker and Ansley Lamutt go to the barn on campus each morning to let Eva and Edna out in the sun to see the students and eat, and Lamutt and Callis return each afternoon to take them back to school. inside.

“They’re super soft,” Williams said.

At the moment, the students are working on teaching the sisters to walk in halters and familiarizing themselves with the campus environment. Walker said they were always nervous around cars and dogs – an issue that comes up frequently when trying to run their dog daycare a few yards away.

But after they were trained, Williams explained that the Cleveland breeder was going to help raise them when they were 16 months old so they could have other calves on campus. Then, students will learn how to care for them, how to milk them, and learn how dairy products are processed.

This means that they will eventually learn the ins and outs of making products like cheese and butter.

“And ice cream,” Williams said. “Lots of ice cream.”

Being miniature jersey cows, Williams explained that Eva and Edna will also stay quite small. They will never exceed 40 inches in height, but they can end up weighing close to 700 pounds. But this size makes them more cost effective and better suited to Denmark’s suburban community.

She and the students were also thrilled to be able to get both cows from the same breeder.

“You can’t really have a cow,” Williams said. “They are herd animals, so you have to have another one. So I thought we’d just have one of [our breeder in Cleveland] …. and get a mate. But she worked with us on it so we could take them both because she wanted to keep them together.

Williams said the breeder was completely surprised when Eva and Edna were born and turned out to be identical twins, but as they continue to grow, it’s clear they are inseparable.

Whenever the students watch to monitor them throughout the day, they are side by side.

“They’re best friends,” Walker said.

And the students fell in love with them instantly. Williams said that when she and her FFA officers picked them up from the breeder, they headed out to the field to find Walker and her colleague MacKenzie Kratz lying in the field next to Eva and Edna.

“They were all napping together,” Williams said with a laugh. “That was cute.”

Going forward, Williams is excited to have both cows on campus and excited to see how this new addition helps grow the veterinary science program for the future.

“I couldn’t be happier with the disposition and potential of these guys,” Williams said.

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