What a Summer :)

Well, my time here is up even though I wish it wasn’t. This has been one wonderful summer packed with learning about goats, gaining valuable animal experience, and developing myself as a professional.

Quick refresher about myself – My name is Patrice and I’m originally from Minnesota. Currently, I attend Iowa State University with a major in Animal Science. My interests include rehabilitation, ethology, and nutrition. I enjoy spending my free time hanging out with friends, running, coaching gymnastics, watching movies, reading, baking, and cuddling with my puppies.

Ready to find out what I learned in the past 10 weeks?

  • Feeding
  • Rotational grazing – every week the goats are moved to a new paddock of fresh pasture to maximize forage growth and efficiency and prevent internal parasites
  • Medical treatment – vaccinations, delousing, & copper supplements
  • Trimming hooves
  • Ear tagging – identification is key to tracking family lineages
  • Weaning babies
  • Driving the tractor
  • Fence repairs
  • Processing fiber – skirt, clean, process, & transform into beautiful finished products
  • Knitting
  • Weaving

Not only did I learn, improve, and master numerous technical skills, I also gained important life skills.

  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • How to be a professional

And I can’t forget the amazing family I had the privilege of spending my time with. They were so welcoming the minute I walked through the door. On top of farming, we camped, hiked, swam, watched movies, ran, and biked. Oh, and ate ice cream. LOTS and LOTS of ice cream! I even got to ride a camel at the Renaissance Festival.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I LOVED IT. I can’t express my gratitude to the animals, the farm, and the family. This was one extraordinary experience I will never forget.

 

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