A lesson in farming, classroom to cafeteria

Starting next year, Hagerstown Junior-Senior High School students will feed cattle in an agricultural science class and the cattle will be fed back to students when fat enough.

HAGERSTOWN, Ind.—Beyond a stack of hay bales, past the site of Indiana’s first soil-judging contest, high school students in this tiny eastern town stroll down a grassy slope to reach their newest classroom: a fenced-in field of cud-chewing cattle.

Starting in the next academic year, the cattle, which arrived last month and have names like Ground Round and Honey Bear, will be fed by students enrolled in an agricultural science class. Then, when the animals are fat enough, they will be fed back to their caretakers — as beef patties on lunchroom trays.

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