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ANIMAL SCIENCE CLASS 2016-2017

Students from Dewey Elementary kindergarten and first grade classes were having a hands-on learning experience on February 10, 2017. The Litton Crusaders and the Livingston County Farm Bureau made this visit possible as part of the Thank A Farmer program. The students learned about habitats and animals with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program.

The students got the opportunity to handle a baby pig and learn a little about them from the high school students. During the visit, students got to learn about their pigs gender, name (ear notch), breed, what they eat, and whatever other questions they came up with. Later on in the school year, the students will take a field trip out to the Litton Agriculture Campus and get to revisit those baby pigs as market hogs.

Students from the Ag Science I and Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during January, 2017. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were experiencing the real thing in person.

While at the Litton Ag Campus, the students gave the newborn baby pigs an iron shot, had an ear notched, clipped tails, and cut needle teeth. The students during first semester were in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

ANIMAL SCIENCE CLASS 2015-2016

Students from the Ag Science I and Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during January, 2016. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then experienced the real thing in person. While at the Litton Ag Campus, the students gave the newborn baby pigs an iron shot, an ear notch, clipped tails, and cut needle teeth. During the first semester, the students were in charge of charting the heat cycle, noting the expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

Alex Cramner clipping needle teeth.

Lauren Price giving an iron shot.

Students from the Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center had a hands-on learning experience at Trans-Ova Genetics on December 21, 2015. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were able to experience the real thing in person. Trans Ova Genetics is a local business that conducts embryo transfer technologies in addition to advanced reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed-semen, genetic preservation and cloning. Students were given a tour of the facilities, were given an explanation of the donor procedure, watched them ultrasound a cow, and were allowed to see embryos under a microscope to check for viability. A special thanks to Sam Graves for organizing the tour and for the entire Trans-Ova staff for letting us visit the facility.

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Students from Mr. Black's Ag Science II classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center have been getting their hands a little dirty this fall. The students are learning about basic plant science in class. To help students put their knowledge to a real life experience, they constructed raised bed gardens to assist in this learning process.

In the design and construction process students drew plans, wrote a bill of material, ordered lumber, and constructed the individual raised beds. Upon the completion of the beds, students determined the volume of the raised bed in order to know how much growing medium they would need. Students then created their own growing medium using black soil, compost, and vermiculite. The students then selected plants to plant in the garden based off of the frost date. During the semester, students will take care of the plants by weeding and watering, as well as keeping track of how good nutrition and access to water affects plants.

Seeds that were planted were wheat, radishes, lettuce, mustard, parsley, carrots, and onions. Students will also use their skills to grow plants in the spring.

ANIMAL SCIENCE CLASS 2014-2015

Students from the Ag Science I and Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during January, 2015. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person.


Ruthie Vinson & Mr. Martin

While at the Litton Center, the students watched the newborn baby pigs get an iron shot, participated in ear notching, clipping tails, and cutting needle teeth. The students during first semester were in charge of charting the heat cycle, the expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.


Elena Boon & Mr. Martin

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Students from the Animal Science and Ag Science I classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during September and October 2014. The students learned about animal reproduction in class and then experienced the real thing in person.

While at the Litton Center the students were learning how to artificially inseminate a gilt. The gilt is the SAE project of Bailey Henry a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter.

During the semester, the students will be in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for 12 gilts housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

ANIMAL SCIENCE CLASS 2013-2014

Students from the Ag Science I and Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during January. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person. While at the Litton Center, the students watched the newborn baby pigs get an iron shot, ear notching, clipping tails, and cutting needle teeth. During first semester, students were in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

Pictured: Gunnar and Instructor Mr. Lance Martin clipping needle teeth on a baby pig at the Litton Center.

Trans Ova Genetics
November 21, 2013

Students from the Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at Trans Ova Genetics on November 21, 2013. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person. Trans Ova Genetics is a local business that conducts embryo transfer technologies, in addition to advanced reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed-semen, genetic preservation and cloning.

Students were given a tour of the facilities and an explanation of the donor procedure, watched them ultrasound a cow, and got to see embryos under a microscope to check for viability. A special thanks to Sam Graves for the tour and for the entire Trans Ova staff for letting us visit the facility.

Animal Reproduction
September/October 2013

Students from the Animal Science and Ag Science I classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center during September and October 2013. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class, then they were allowed to experience the real thing in person. While at the Litton Center, the students learned how to artificially inseminate a gilt.

The gilt is the SAE project of Carlee Johnson - a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. During the semester, the students will be in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for 8 gilts housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

Studying Internal Organs
September 5, 2013

On September 5, 2013 Animal Science students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center got a little "hands-on learning experience." Students got the chance to view the internal organs of a market hog. The hog had been sick and had damage to his internal organs, and the students got to see the effects. The hog had respiratory problems which lead to enlarged lungs, tissue damage, and scar tissue. Due to the damaged lungs, the students got to see how it affected the heart and other internal organs. This also gave students a first-hand look at what the parts they had been studying in class. That makes the diagrams and pictures from a book come to life.

Harvesting Meat

Also on September 5, 2013, Animal Science and Food Science students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center had the opportunity for a live demonstration on harvesting meat. Timber Ballantyne from the Meadville Locker gave a live demonstration to the group of students on harvesting pork for consumption. This demonstration was used to help teach physical characteristics of carcasses and cuts as determinants of meat quality, as well as carcass identification and grading to facilitate descriptions and definitions of quality and cutability in meat animal products. The meat was not used for consumption following the demonstration.

Animal Reproduction

March 8, 2013

Students from the Ag Science I classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on March 8, 2013. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person.

A young pig was going to be changed from a reproductive animal (boar) to a non-reproductive animal (barrow). Students observed the castration procedure on the pig while Mr. Martin (instructor) explained what he was doing and answered student questions as well. The young pig is the SAE project of Jordan Hall a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. The pigs are being housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

February 13, 2013

Students from the Ag Science I and Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on February 13, 2013. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person. While at the Litton Center, the students watched the newborn baby pigs get an iron shot, ear notching, clipping tails, and cutting needle teeth. The students during first semester were in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. Pictured: Dylan Wheeler and Instructor Mr. Lance Martin clipping needle teeth on a baby pig at the Litton Center.

Recordkeeping Class
January 2013

Students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center are learning the meaning of "Earning to Live". Students in Mr. Martin's Ag Science I classes are working with the Missouri Agriculture Education Record Book to try and figure out the value of their own money.

The Record Book is financial record keeping system for agriculture that combines placement, production, and directed experience SAE programs in a paper format. It contains sheets for recording receipts, expenditures, summary forms (which includes cash flow, depreciation, inventory, balance, profit/loss statements,) supplemental (which includes ownership, placement, competencies, budget, enterprise analysis, loan/interest record, and breeding /performance records,) and FFA forms (that includes tracking FFA participation and leadership activities as well as records for non-FFA.) Students use all these pages to track their SAE project as well as their personal items. Learning how to keep track and utilize the money they have provides a strong foundation for them becoming financially independent. Students enrolled in agriculture education classes will utilize these record books throughout their time in these classes.

Trans Ova Education Center
11/13/12

Students from the Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at Trans Ova Genetics on November 13, 2012. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person.

Trans Ova Genetics is a local business that conducts embryo transfer technologies, in addition to advanced reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed-semen, genetic preservation and cloning. Students were given a tour of the facilities, were given an explanation of the donor procedure, watched them ultrasound a cow, and got to see embryo's under a microscope to check for viability.

Livestock Evaluation
03/07/12

Students from the Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on March 7, 2012. In the classroom, the students were learning how to evaluation livestock for reproductive uses and for meat consumption purposes. The students got the opportunity to evaluate some high-quality cattle at the Litton Center provided by the WC Charolais Cattle Company. The WC Charolais Cattle Company was hosting a bull sale and allowed to students to evaluate them.

Students from the Ag Science I classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on February 2, 2012. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person. While at the Litton Center, the students watched the newborn baby pigs get an iron shot, ear notching, clipping tails, and cutting needle teeth. The students during first semester were in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the sows housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. Pictured: Hallee Jones and Instructor Mr. Lance Martin ear notching a baby pig at the Litton Center.

Animal Digestion and Good Nutrition
January 2, 2012

Students from Mr. Martin's Ag Science I classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a different kind of hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. The students were learning about animal digestion in class and then were trying their hands at creating their own version.

Students are learning the functions of the digestive system in class, so as a learning tool the students were to create and label the digestive parts of a fowl, swine, beef, sheep, goat and equine using Play-Doh. The students during the semester will be learning more about how the digestive system works and how good nutrition affects livestock at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

Livestock Evaluation
December 2, 2011

Students from the Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center had a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on December 2, 2011. In the classroom, the students learned how to evaluate livestock for reproductive uses and meat consumption purposes.

The students were given the opportunity to evaluate some high-quality cattle at the Litton Center provided by the WC Charolais Cattle Company. The WC Charolais Cattle Company was hosting a cow and heifer sale and allowed students to evaluate them.

Hands-On Experience at Trans-Ova Genetics
10/18/11

Students from the Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at Trans Ova Genetics on October 18, 2011. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person.

Trans Ova Genetics is a local business that conducts embryo transfer technologies, in addition to advanced reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), sexed-semen, genetic preservation and cloning. Students were given a tour of the facilities, were given an explanation of the donor procedure, watched them ultrasound a cow, and got to see embryo’s under a microscope to check for viability. 

Animal Science Class Visit
09/15/2011

Students from Mr. Martin's Animal Science classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center on September 15, 2011. The students were learning about animal reproduction in class and then were getting to experience the real thing in person.

While at the Litton Center, the students were learning how to check heat of a gilt in order to artificially inseminate her at a later date. The sow is the SAE project of Jordan Hall, a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. The students during the semester will be in charge of charting the heat cycle, expected pregnancy date, name of sire, and day of artificial insemination for some of the gilts housed at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center.

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