Birthing experience teaches lessons for a lifetime
While most of their classmates were home sound asleep, members of Tari Costello's Large Animal Science class were camped out around a farrowing crate in the animal lab at Waupun High School.
Snuggled into sleeping bags on lawn chairs, students — and a handful of staff members — kept vigil, watching Tia, a 575 lb. crossbred Hampshire sow as she prepared to deliver her much anticipated litter.
Prior to this, ag educator and FFA advisor, Costello said her all-female Large Animal Science class dutifully took notes about swine production, but overnight gained the valuable experience of watching Tia go through the stages of labor before the first piglet made its entrance into the world.