A $36 million referendum backed by the Waupun community in 2016 expanded opportunities across the school district here, and the agriculture education program at Waupun High School is no exception.
The Animal Science Lab is growing one cheep, cackle, moo, baa and thump at a time, as longtime teacher and FFA adviser Tari Costello offers students hands-on experience in raising both meat and domestic animals. That knowledge can prepare students for careers in all animal science fields, or even having a pet at home.
“This used to be our ag shop,” Costello said while showing the space that formerly housed tools and mechanical apparatuses for tractor and machinery service and repair. (That equipment is housed in a nearby garage, constructed specifically for that purpose). “The new Animal Lab provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in the care of animals. Students are required to follow biosecurity protocols, are responsible for the daily care of animals including feeding, cleaning, grooming and more. They learn about nutrition, growth, reproduction, veterinary care and concepts. Students weigh the production animals weekly, calculate rate of gain and make feeding decisions based on growth rates.”