Meet The AnimalsAnimal sciences based on the farm.
What we have now…
We are currently growing a market goat herd of mixed breeds including boer and kiko, as well as a number of dairy goats including Sanaan, Nubian, La Mancha, Toggenburg and Oberhasli. Students will help with the care, management and milking of the goats, as well as developing the value-added market products.
LoSU’s farm operations include the recent introduction of a hair sheep (one that sheds its wool) called the Barbados Blackbelly. For both the goats and sheep, the spring or fall lambing/kidding event is quite the treat!
We manage a small herd of Jersey dairy cattle. Cows are used for milk. Steer are grass-fed for two years and bring much value to our farm to table operations. The Jerseys are a smaller cattle breed that are friendly and easy to handle.
Our Yorkshire/Berkshire cross pigs add considerable value to the farm. Not only do they thrive on pasture, they aerate and turn them as well, mixing in the manure and plant wastes that add nitrogen and other essential elements back into the dirt. We maintain two breeding sows and a boar. Piglets are raised for market or sold to benefit other farms.
Our horses are not working animals. They are more for pleasure. They cross graze with the other animals on the farm and provide a base for students who are interested in equine science. We love to ride! Equine events such as competitive trail events serve the farm as excellent fundraisers. Most of our events are overnighters with lots of fun activities and camaraderie. These weekends are always a blast!
We have chickens, ducks, and turkeys for egg production and food. We have to admit, that our ducks are so beloved, that they are egg layers and decoration! Pekin ducks have a big personality. They wander around the farm with Mother Goose and bring smiles to all who visit!
LoSU’s farm also raises rabbits. Ours are a mix of California and Flemish/Holland. We have breeders and a nice buck that are part of the farm. Their offspring are sold live or as processed fresh food. Hides are tanned and used as well.
Baby the guard donkey runs with the goats and sheep. He does an amazing job of keeping the animals safe from coyote and other predators. Baby takes his job seriously. At the first sign of danger, he sounds the alarm and then gallops around his charge and herds them away from the danger. Once they are safe, he turns and puts himself between the herd and the predator.
Our neutered/spayed barn cats are an integral part of the farm. They offer companionship to anyone who will stop and pet them, but more importantly, they keep the rodent population down. This in turn, helps with overall animal/human health and gives the snakes a reason to hang out elsewhere on the property instead of in our barns!
The farm operates two hives and has plans to add more! Bees are in a precarious state now due to the over-use of pesticides and herbicides. The more we can contribute to the community, the better! Not to mention the sweet benefits of the honey…