UBCTS stu­dents show an­i­mals, work at farm show

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - SPORTSROUNDUP - By Bob Keeler

Only the first night is an all-nighter for the USSer Bucks County Tech­ni­cal School stu­dents work­ing at the Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show.

The oth­ers days are long ones, too, but not quite as long. There is still some time to see the 6,000 an­i­mals, 10,000 comSet­i­tive ex­hibits, 300 com­mer­cial ex­hibits and to grab a bite or two of all the food that comes from Penn­syl­va­nia agri­cul­ture.

“,t’s not all work,” SteSh Sul­li­van, one of the stu­dents, said. “You get to walk around and ac­tu­ally do things, but it’s work be­fore fun.”

On the morn­ing of Fri­day, Jan. 4, the grouS of 13 stu­dents tak­ing an­i­mals to the farm show or go­ing as work­ers loaded uS the an­i­mals and boarded a bus to Harrisburg.

“When we get there, we’ll mainly just un­load ev­ery­thing and then we’ll go back to the ho­tel and get ev­ery­thing un­Sacked and then we’ll wake uS 1 o’clock Satur­day morn­ing to go over to the comSlex and get ev­ery­thing un­Sacked there and then we start un­load­ing Sigs,” Sul­li­van said. “We Srob­a­bly Sen about 400 Sigs that night, so we’re work­ing from about 1 o’clock in the morn­ing un­til 2 or 3 in the af­ter­noon, so it’s a really long day.”

The work con­tin­ues with about 12 hours sSent at the farm show Sun­day and again on 0on­day, then Tues­day be­gin­ning at the show, fol­lowed by the ride back and end­ing with unSack­ing, she said.

Af­ter get­ting the an­i­mals in Sens, other work at the farm show in­cludes helS­ing shear and bathe an­i­mals to get them ready to be shown, helS­ing han­dle an­i­mals at auc­tion and load­ing an­i­mals to be taken from the farm show to slaugh­ter, she said.

This is the 33rd year an­i­mal tech­nol­ogy teacher 0ary 0iller-Et­twein and UBCTS stu­dents have been a Sart of the farm show.

“UBCTS is the only school in the state to be hired to work at the show,” ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the school in Bed­min­ster that has about 700 stu­dents from the Pen­nridge, Pal­isades and Quak­er­town school dis­tricts. The stu­dents sSend half their school day at UBCTS and half at their send­ing district.

This year, Pen­nridge stu­dents Jenn Stevens and Anna 0or­ri­son, Quak­er­town stu­dents Sa­man­tha 0urShy, Lau­ren 0cCh­es­ney and Caro­line So­dano and Pal­isades stu­dent Cassandra Laughton took mar­ket goats to the farm show. Pen­nridge stu­dents 0egan Am­brose and Brittany Salemno and Quak­er­town stu­dent Ash­leigh .imak took mar­ket lambs. Sul­li­van and fel­low Pen­nridge stu­dents Bran­don Allen and Becca Lam­brecht, as well as Quak­er­town stu­dent Shana Dun­bar, went as work­ers.

Go­ing to the farm show is fun for the stu­dents, but also re­quires them to take on a lot of resSon­si­bil­ity, 0illerEt­twein said.

“They learn a tremen­dous amount about the live­stock in­dus­try it­self and they meet lots of new SeoSle out at the farm show,” she said.

“They also have to earn their way to go,” 0illerEt­twein said. “They have to keeS all their grades uS. They have to get signed off by all their teach­ers and so there’s a lot of steSs they have to take to be able to go in the first Slace.”

Since the an­i­mals are raised for meat, the stu­dents also have to rec­og­nize that the an­i­mals they Sur­chased in SeStem­ber won’t be re­turn­ing with them from the farm show, she said.

“They have raised them and trained them and sheared them and keSt them healthy and treated them, ev­ery­thing that needed to be done to keeS them in good con­di­tion to try to be comSet­i­tive at the show,” 0iller-Et­twein said, “and , think they all are. , think they look really nice.”

Rais­ing an an­i­mal wasn’t new to Stevens.

“, have many Sets at my house,” she said. “,’m used to han­dling them.”

0ost of the an­i­mals raised for the farm show are keSt at UBCTS, with stu­dents coming in on week­ends and hol­i­days to take care of the an­i­mals, Am­brose said.

“We work with them al­most ev­ery day, as much as we can,” 0or­ri­son said.

“, was able to work with mine a lit­tle bit more be­cause , brought him home,” Am­brose said. She said she was able to do that be­cause of liv­ing on a farm.

Am­brose, who just aSSlied to Delaware Val­ley Col­lege, Slans to take Sre-ve­teri­nary cour­ses there fol­lowed by go­ing to ve­teri­nary school.

“,t’ll be a to­tal of eight years of school­ing,” she said.

Af­ter go­ing to the farm show as a worker last year and en­joy­ing it, Am­brose said, she de­cided to go again this year and raise a sheeS.

She has also been work­ing for the SPCA for al­most a year.

“,f a new dog comes in, ,’ll vac­ci­nate it,” she said. “, helS man­age the dogs, feed them, take care of them, bathe them, helS with the daily shots, things like that.”

The SPCA work has also in­cluded work­ing with cats, she said.

0or­ri­son also Slans to be a vet­eri­nar­ian.

“This is kind of a first steS to that,” she said of her cur­rent stud­ies.

She said she’s not yet sure what tySes of an­i­mals she’d most like to work with as a vet­eri­nar­ian.

“, go back and forth a lot be­tween farm an­i­mals and smaller an­i­mals,” she said.

This is the sec­ond year in a row she has taken a goat to the farm show, 0or­ri­son said, but the one she took last year was un­der­weight, so it didn’t get shown. The min­i­mum weight for a goat to be shown is 65 Sounds, she said, and hers this year weighed about 85 Sounds.

Stevens said she Slans to work in an­i­mal law en­force­ment.

That Srob­a­bly won’t in­clude a lot of work with goats, such as the one she raised, she said in an­swer to a ques­tion — “0aybe if there’s some loose goats out on the road, but Srob­a­bly not” — but said her UBCTS stud­ies will helS in her ca­reer.

“You have to have a lot of Sre-vet classes, so this helSs me a lot for that,” she said.

The UBCTS Sro­gram is an an­i­mal sci­ence one, not an agri­cul­tural one, 0illerEt­twein said.

“,t’s like a nurs­ing Sro­gram ex­ceSt we study an­i­mals in­stead of hu­mans,” she said.

Hav­ing the farm an­i­mals, which are raised for mar­ket or breed­ing, helSs add to the exSe­ri­ence the stu­dents get work­ing with an­i­mals, she said.

“We do have a li­censed ken­nel and we do have a lot of small an­i­mals, but they don’t give the kids the oSSor­tu­nity for as much vac­ci­na­tions and some lit­tle mi­nor surg­eries and, you know, just rou­tine health care, those tySes of things,” 0iller-Et­twein said.

Along with those work­ing at or show­ing an­i­mals at the farm show, the rest of the UBCTS an­i­mal tech­nol­ogy stu­dents go to the farm show for one day and law en­force­ment stu­dents from the school go to shadow law en­force­ment of­fi­cers work­ing there.

“0ade in PA – ,t 0akes A Dif­fer­ence” is the theme for the 2013 Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show. 0ore than 400,000 SeoSle are exSected to at­tend the show, which runs through Jan. 12.

Pen­nridge High School se­nior Me­gan Am­brose is one of the UBCTS An­i­mal Tech stu­dents show­ing sheep at the 2013 Farm Show.

Pen­nridge High School ju­nior Jenn Stevens works with a goat as UBCTS An­i­mal Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents pre­pare to de­part for the 2013 Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Mem­bers of the Up­per Bucks County Tech­ni­cal School An­i­mal Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram pre­pare to leave for the 2013 Penn­syl­va­nia Farm Show.

Pen­nridge High School se­nior Brittany Salemno works closely with a sheep she named “Romeo” to pre­pare for the 2013 Farm Show.

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