West Delaware High School, located in Manchester, IA recently received a donation from River Valley Cooperative to help with the school’s construction of an animal lab facility. The $5,000 donation represented $2,500 from River Valley Cooperative with matching funds of $2,500 from the Land O’Lakes Foundation.
West Delaware FFA students will have the opportunity to be introduced to the various breeds of cattle that will be housed in the lab. Another important aspect of the new facility will be providing the hands-on experience of raising livestock by enhancing the students’ experiences in digestion, reproduction, marketing, animal diseases, along with teaching them about the importance of safety when working around livestock. The 1,248 square foot ClearSpan Pony Wall Building will house two cow/calf pairs immediately and will gradually house more over the upcoming years. By putting up this building, the students hope to house a variety of beef breeds to learn specifically about each one. A few breeds that the FFA students are considering include Simmental, Angus, Red Angus, and Shorthorns.
West Delaware FFA Advisor Tammy Schnieders along with students Lauren Ryan, Kyle Steffen, Jim Drummy, Josh Hilby, Adam Monaghan and Erin Monaghan accept a $5,000 donation for the school’s new animal lab facility from River Valley Cooperative and Land O’Lakes Foundation presented by employees Devin Sires – Regional Operations Manager, Jimmy Daugherty – Agronomy Account Manager, and Larry Lahr – Ryan Location Manager.
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