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Animal Agriculture

February 13, 2014
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Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation - 2014 will be in Bartholomew County. Testing by appointment only! To schedule your bulls for evaluation, contact the Purdue Extension Bartholomew County office at (812) 379-1665.


The tags are yellow button-style, full-duplex, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, featuring a 15-digit identification number. Each begins with the U.S. designation code of "840".

Tags used in this voluntary pilot program are intended for use only in intact breeding cattle, preferably those of younger age. 840s are not available for use in feedlot   cattle or breeding stock that are being shipped out-of-state. The program's   goal is to test the longevity, reliability and usability of tags that remain in Indiana over time.

840 RFID tags offer the latest technology in conventional identification. In addition to visual labeling of an animal, RFIDs allow for wireless scanning of tags that can be downloaded to a computer or a hand-held device.

BOAH is launching this pilot program and encouraging the adoption of 840s because these tags:

         meet Michigan importation requirements;

         are Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL)-compliant;

         assist producers with accurate, electronic record keeping;

         can easily integrate with current commercially available   production software; and

         are free, while pilot program supplies last.

Agriculture Facts and Information


Incubators in the Classroom

Incubators in the Classroom is geared toward Johnson County youth. An incubator and fertilized chicken eggs are placed in the classroom two days prior to hatching, allowing the children to experience one miracle of agriculture. The live chicks remain in the classroom for two more days after hatching.

The week-long program is designed to be integrated into the regular school curriculum. Past participating teachers have utilized the Incubators in the Classroom to talk about nutrition, animal development, agriculture, etc. with their students.   The Agriculture/Natural Resources Extension Educator, is available to come talk with the children about chickens, embryo development, and production agriculture.

The Incubators in the Classroom program is made possible through the Purdue Extension Office/Johnson County in Franklin, the Johnson County Farm Bureau, Inc., and Purdue University Poultry Specialists.

Possible Topics to Cover Using the Incubators in the Classroom Program:


         Language Arts/English

         Social Studies

         Character Education

         Death and Grieving


Teacher's Responsibilities:

While using this incubation project, there are endless opportunities you could choose to explore. You could do countless things inside your classroom to help your students fully understand what is happening before their eyes. In order for this miracle of life to occur, there are things that must happen every day.

The teacher:

         Makes arrangements with a parent volunteer or someone else to   pick up the fertilized eggs from Purdue's Poultry Farm near West Lafayette.

         Maintains incubation conditions (i.e. temperature and humidity) within the incubator.

         Returns the incubator to the Extension Office, cleaned and in good condition.

         Notifies the Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the delivery in order to ensure the eggs' fertilization and incubator availability unless other arrangements have been made.

         Finds a good home for the chicks after they are hatched. It is recommended that the students not take one home.

If you are interested in including the Incubators in the Classroom program in your curriculum, please contact Sarah Hanson at the Johnson County Extension Office by phone at 317/ 736-3724 or email Once you have expressed interest, Sarah will contact you to finalize program dates and incubator delivery times.

Thank you for your interest in the Incubators in the Classroom program. We look forward to working with you and your students throughout the school year.

Teacher Resource   Links

Incubation and Embryology

Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information regarding Animal Agriculture:

Animal Sciences Extension Website   - The Extension homepage for the Department of Animals Sciences. Provides   additional links to information of general interest across species including   the Animal Sciences Extension calendar, contact information for campus   specialists, youth activities, and the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and   Education Center.

Purdue CAFO   Website – Purdue website to address environmental, public   health, social, and economic issues surrounding Concentrated Animal Feeding   Operations (CAFO's) and their impacts.

Purdue Food   Animal Education Network Website – Purdue website to inform the general public   about issues pertaining to modern animal agriculture.

Purdue Organic   and Alternative Livestock Production Systems WebsitePurdue   website to address issues related to organic and alternative livestock   production systems.

Feeding   Biofuel co-products to Livestock – Purdue website featuring Extension   publications related to feeding of distiller’s grains to livestock.

Purdue Animal   Manure Solutions– Purdue website featuring Extension   publications, regulations, and national curriculum about the management of   animal manure on livestock and poultry farms.

Computer   Programs from Purdue Animal Sciences– Purdue website   providing access to nutrition and manure management computer programs.   Programs include the Manure Management Planner, a Windows-based computer   program to create manure management plans for crop and animal feeding   operations.

Purdue University School of   Veterinary Medicine – Purdue gateway to information, faculty,   and resources in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Indiana Board of Animal Health – Indiana state   agency providing leadership on animal health, animal product food safety and   inspection, care of animals in disasters, animal care, and emerging animal   and zoonotic diseases.

Species   Information - Links and other resources for livestock, horse,   poultry, swine, small ruminants and aquaculture production.

Farm Safety   Information

The Agrability Project   was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. This   site provides a wealth of information to assist farmers and ranchers with   disabilities.


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