About two-thirds of the studenrs currently enrolled in Animal Sciences at the University of Kentucky come from non-farm or urban backgrounds. This two-third value agrees with a previously reported value for agriculture students (Mayer, 1980) and is similar to a value reported for Animal Science students (Morrow, 1982). Because of this non-farm background, most of these Animal Science students lack the necessary "hands on" experience to work with livestock. This lack of "hands on" experience can be alleviated by utilizing university teaching herds: however, the cost of maintaining these herds is becoming more prohibitive, especially for beef cattle. Thus as suggested by Kirst (1980), possible alternatives to the traditional university owned teaching herds must be explored if students are to receive "hands on" experience working with livestock.



urban backgrounds, non-farm students, student beef herd

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