Those attending the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo can reach into a cow’s rumen – if they have a mind to – and learn about digestion of hay and grain, take home a custom wildflower mix and enter a social media contest with a chance to win an iPad mini.
University of Wyoming Extension educators plan these and other hands-on activities for youths and adults Monday through Sunday, Aug. 10-16, in Douglas. An activity and demonstration schedule is at http://bit.ly/at2015statefair.
Activities are at booths or tents on the midway, in the Wyoming Livestock Roundup tent and in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources exhibit in the Peabody Energy Building.
A cannulated cow proved popular even though it was at last year’s state fair only one day, said extension educator Chance Marshall. A surgically fitted cannula is a porthole-like device allowing access to the rumen of a cow
“She was a big hit,” said Marshall. “Passersby were able to stop and reach into her rumen, feel around and learn how digestion of hay and grain works,” he said.