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Squeal School Teachers Workshop Visit Pig Barn

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit


Squeal School Teachers Workshop Visit Pig Barn


What can you learn at Squeal School?  Teachers from Marshall, Putnam and LaSalle Counties signed up for this University of Illinois Extension Marshall Putnam Ag in the Classroom workshop to find out. Here they participated in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects led by Julie Read, M-P AITC coordinator that incorporated either pigs or cows. Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau donated the book “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures” by Julia Finley Mosca and Daniel Rieley to each attendee. This tells the story of Dr. Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism but went on to become famous for her designs of cattle equipment.  Teachers mapped out their own farm as an activity that could accompany this book.  From there they worked in teams building barns from a variety of materials that would hold up to the Big Bad Wolf’s huffing and puffing. Another team activity was solving clues to open the Pig Escape Box.  A presentation provided by Susan Glassman, Food and Nutrition Educator for Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Extension Unit, was entitled “Muscle, Meat and Protein Foods”. She explained the science behind cooking meat and how to prepare it for optimal tenderness and flavor. Her demonstration of Peach Glazed Pork Loin served as a delicious main dish for lunch. Lunch was sponsored by COUNTRY Financial. Representatives, Steve Vogel, Jonathan Krieghauser, and Matt Hostetter joined us for lunch and shared discount program information. The afternoon was spent touring the Pig Barn at Darren Brown’s farm. Darren and Alan McCully DVM, explained how the pigs were cared for in this brand new barn. Our tour included Darren’s sorting barn for cattle. Teachers were able to see stanchion equipment similar to what Dr. Temple Grandin designed.  Darren’s farm has a menagerie of animals from donkeys to ducks, as well as Rhode Island Red chickens and one proud peacock.  At the end of the day one teacher stated, “I really enjoyed my time! There are so many things I can adapt to my classroom that I am thrilled about.” Each teachers earned Continuing Educational Units and took home sacks filled with resources from Illinois Ag in the Classroom, Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Beef Association and Midwest Dairy. Thank you to Henry Senachwine District 5 for providing bus transportation for this workshop.  For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at  -End-