UMass ‘livestock classic’ in Hadley

Published: 4/9/2016 3:10:41 AM

HADLEY — Students will show goats, sheep, horses and cows Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Hadley Farm as part of the 81st annual Bay State Livestock Classic. 

The event from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will also feature egg hunts, butter churning and tie-dye, among other activities, according to a press release. 

A student-run affair, organized as part of the university’s pre-veterinary and animal science program, the day’s festivities are free and described as a good opportunity for children to learn about agriculture. 

Several classes are sponsoring different events. A Dorset sheep management class is hosting a petting zoo that includes lambs, while students from the Boer goat, Belted Galloway and poultry management classes will have an informational table. The Belted Galloway group will also be selling local, pasture-raised beef, and the poultry students will run scavenger egg hunts every half hour for children. 

There will also be face-painting, arts and crafts and a seedling planting station, along with a variety of games and a raffle. A UMass Dining Baby Berk food truck will be on site catering the event. 

The UMass Hadley farm is at 111 North Maple St.

Stephanie McFeeters can be reached at smcfeeters@gazettenet.com. 


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