Pat Pearson, Animal Science Instructor
Pat Pearson, Animal Science Instructor

The Animal Science Group (ASG) takes advantage of the required skill sets, responsibility and hard work that is associated with an agricultural facility. Students work with horses enrolled in the school’s Therapeutic Riding Program (TRC). Basic horsemanship skills are required along with introduction to stable management practices and techniques.

Cows, sheep, goats and poultry make up the livestock portion of the program. Students receive instruction in health/nutrition, handling, housing and veterinary care. Daily routines provide hands-on opportunities to help reinforce learned techniques.

Skyler Johnston - Animal Science

 Student of the 2nd Quarter – Skyler Johnston

Animal Science Group 2016

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Did you know that…

  • Animals may not be able to talk but they do communicate with body language. Knowing how to read an animal’s body language can be very helpful for your safety. They know when you’re upset, angry, nervous, or scared. They mirror your feelings – if you act out they may also act out as well.
  • Horses need to graze at least 12 hours a day. In the winter it’s crucial;   when their food digests, their intestines are what keep their body warm.

Here are the facts…

  • There are only about 250 licensed dairy farmers in the State of Maine.
  • Cows are pregnant for 9 months
  • Cows have four stomachs. The rumen, omasun, abomasum and reticulum.
  • Before milk is processed through the mammary gland it is blood.