The NDSU Department of Animal Sciences is scheduled to host the third annual “Moos, Ewes and More” event Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NDSU Equine Center. The free, all-ages event gives community members an opportunity to ask NDSU faculty, staff and students questions about animal science and agriculture and visit the department.
The event aims to showcase agriculture through demonstrations and interactive activities, such as sheep shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, bottle feeding calves, trimming horse hooves, milking dairy cows and ultra sounding pregnant animals. There also will be a variety of livestock species at the event, including pigs, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, horses, ducks and chickens. Barbeque Bootcamp samples and Cass-Clay ice cream also will be available for sampling.
“I think that as urban areas grow and rural areas shrink, it is especially important to reconnect people with livestock and agriculture. The average American is three to four generations removed from the farm, and while that number is less for North Dakota because of our rural landscape, there is still a tendency for people to forget or not realize where their food and fiber come from. ‘Moos, Ewes and More’ is an effort to strengthen that connection,” said Erika Berg, assistant professor of animal science and event co-chair.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.