Each year, the College of Agriculture takes a string of dairy cattle from the Central Maryland Research and Education Center (CMREC) to the Maryland State Fair in Timonium for a milking and educational exhibit.
New this year was the addition of three beef heifers. Under the direction of Brian Spielman, Dairy Program Manager, student interns from Animal and Avian Sciences help and prepare these animals to go to the fair and took care of them while there, all while answering questions from the general public. This large animal experience gives them a broad overview of how a dairy farm operates.The training includes how to work around cattle, as well as how to properly wash and clip the animals for show and how to select a good dairy cow or heifer. The State Fair ran August 26 - September 5.