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Visitors Find Farm Field Day Mooooving

The cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, horses, dogs, cat and llama that call Berea College’s Hunt Acres Farm home played host to visitors on a cold and windy Saturday. Delta Tau Alpha’s (the agriculture honor society) annual Farm Field Day was a hit with young and old alike as members of the college and Berea communities were invited to experience fall on the farm.

Farm Field Day

Hayrides to and from campus provided appropriate transportation to the event, which featured pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, guided horse rides, a hayride through the cow pasture and free homemade chili and other goodies. Cute and cuddly calves, piglets and kids proved a special hit as the young animals were shown off by DTA members like president Summer Stidham, who answered people’s questions about the day-to-day operation of the farm.

Linda McClanahan, a 2005 BC grad who is now studying crop science at the University of Kentucky, came back to visit the familiar rolling acres and her professors and former classmates. “I enjoy coming out here,” says McClanahan, currently a Madison County 4-H livestock judge.

She explained that the Boer goats are sold for meat off the farm and in a London market. Hogs are chiefly Yorkshire and dock crosses and the cattle are mostly Angus breed. As much as possible, the livestock feed off crops grown on the BC farms. McClanahan said, “We raise all we can use for hay and silage.”

Senior Mike Scott, a North Carolina native, led a farm safety demonstration in which a stuffed sweatshirt was used to represent what would happen if a human being got in the way of a tedder, a machine used to fluff hay. He tossed in the mannequin and the machine immediately threw the ripped object several yards away. “If you get in this, you’re done,” said farm manager Bob Harnett.

The highlight of the day for many was the announcement of the winner of the annual pig kissing contest, a DTA fund-raising event. Receiving the most votes was Dr. G. Neil Douglas, assistant professor of agriculture who kissed the brown spotted piglet not once, but twice for photo ops and delighted children.

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