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News From the Farms

The annual Bay State Livestock Classic has been cancelled. Additional updates and resources can be found at umass.edu/coronavirus.

Cris Amanda quints April 17Dorset sheep are known to give birth to one, two or maybe three lambs at once. However, on April 7, one of the Hadley farm’s ewes easily delivered not three or four, but five healthy lambs!

Beltie Mother and Daughter give birth on the same day! On June 20 Satin, our 11 year-old beltie, delivered a 55 pound heifer calf. Thirty minutes before her mom delivered, Satin’s 4 year-old daughter, Sadie, delivered a heifer calf. Both cows and calves are doing well. On July 17 Martini gave birth to her first calf; Mimosa weighed in at 64 pounds with a beautiful belt. Students assisted UMass veterinarian, Katie Beltaire with the delivery of a large heifer calf during the night of July 22. This was our oldest cow’s (Dori’s) eighth calving. We’re especially excited because this is Dori’s first heifer calf. The students named the calf UMass Darla.

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Dairy Calf Management Class

Courtney BabcockWatch the video of VASCI students, Dr. Hulyer and Dr. Duby at Devine Farm.

 

Updates from Graduates

Morgane Golan has been published in the Backyard Poultry Magazine.

Morgane (BS – pre-veterinary science ’20) describes the VASCI Poultry Management class for readers and gives them an inside look at how our students are directly involved in the care and management of the poultry flock each semester.   Read more »

COVID-19 Blog: Stay up-to-date with Info from the Osborne and Minter Labs

The Osborne and Minter lab members have created a blog called “The Spiking the Spike.” https://medium.com/@covidblog19umass   Read more »

Jillian Morrell, BS '19 - Envisioning a World Without Animal Shelters

Jillian Morrell, BS ‘19 and Tufts MAPP student, (MS’20) has dedicated much of her life to serving shelter animals, but hopes in the future there won’t be a need for the facilities.   Read more »

UMass Amherst Scientists Prepare Sterile Solution for COVID-19 Tests

Answering an urgent call for assistance from regional health care systems, a volunteer team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is preparing, testing and delivering thousands of vials of viral transport media, a chemical solution needed for COVID-19 diagnostic testing.   Read more »

Teaching Giraffes to take Radiographs!

Rebecca Schneyer earned her BS in Animal Science in 2014 and is now employed as a Senior Keeper of Hooves & Horns at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts where she is teaching giraffes to place their hooves on blocks for radiographs.   Read more »

Introducing "Bay State Ophelia"

Introducing the newest Morgan horse at the UMass Hadley Farm, Bay State Ophelia!   Read more »