New York Beef Council and the Iowa Beef Industry Council invite you to take a virtual field trip to explore the beef lifecycle. The live streamed trip will start on a NY cow-calf farm and end with a tour of an Iowa feedlot!
With the precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, New York Beef Council (NYBC) and Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBC) are offering teachers, parents, and students of all grades the opportunity to connect individually to this virtual field trip, which will be live streamed via the NYBC and IBC Facebook pages and websites.
Join us as we connect directly with Betsy Hicks at Maple Acres in McGraw, New York, and Nate Graham at Graham Feedlot in Cherokee County, Iowa for a LIVE tour of their farms, and a LIVE question and answer session.
Maple Acres is a registered cow/calf beef farm that has been in the Hicks family since 1809, spanning seven generations. Trip attendees will learn how the Hicks Family uses technology and science to enhance how they care for and feed their herd, which includes 36 mother cows.
Graham Feedlots is a fourth generation family farm in Northwest Iowa where they raise crops, maintain a feedlot and graze commercial cows. Nate farms alongside his dad and takes great pride in instilling valuable life skills such as hard work and a passion for caring for livestock and the land. Nate will share the symbiotic relationship between row crops and cattle, especially as it relates to the feedlot, and provide an inside look at the science and best management practices implemented to care for the cattle each day.
TEACHERS: If you are a teacher or school administrator requesting that your students watch this trip as part of your curriculum, please click here to complete an online registration form.
PARENTS/STUDENTS: If you are a parent or student interested in watching this tour, there is NO need to register for this trip. See details below for viewing the tour at home.
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Teachers- Looking for agriculture lesson plan inspiration? NYAITC has compiled the Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix, an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers.
Parents- Did your children enjoy the virtual trip? NYAITC has a variety of additional e-learning opportunities for exploring agriculture at home.
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