PCHS ag students tour animal research center

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Students in the Polk County High School Ag Program recently toured the beef cattle research being performed at the Mountain Research Station near Waynesville, North Carolina.

Thirteen students learned about the bull test program at the research farm, plus heard about the feeding research at the facility.

WNC Livestock Specialist Deidre Harmon explains the different feeding combinations being fed to the Angus cattle at the research trial.

The farm at Waynesville is one of 16 research stations across the state and only one of five test facilities in the state that works with beef cattle. During their visit, the students were led by Dr. Deidre Harmon, the livestock extension specialist for WNC.

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Extension Agents Noah Henson and Ethan Henderson participated in the tour. as did Will Morrow and Kyle Miller from the research station.

Students who participated were Jesus Avellaneda-Torres, Callie Burnett, John Cantrell, Daniel Dougherty, Karli Kilgore, Tyler Lawrence, Tyra Martin, Mason Merrill, Joseph Poe, Citlalli Ramirez-Camacho, Katie Rea and Jackson Tipton. Their ag teacher, Ashley Gilbert, accompanied the group, as well as volunteer John Vining.

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