December 8, 2006
Cowley students tour Creekstone Farms in Arkansas City
Getting an opportunity to see what they have discussed in the classroom up close, Cowley College students in the Livestock Science and Animal Nutrition classes took a tour of the Creekstone Farms facility in Arkansas City on Thursday.
Plant manager Kevin Pentz led the tour, which lasted roughly two and half hours. A question and answer session followed the tour, and Pentz discussed everything from economics, genetics, nutrition, to foreign and domestic trade.
Brett Butler, Cowley College career and technical education/agriculture instructor, planned the trip. Cowley College adjunct instructor Jenni Carr, who teaches Livestock Science, also took part in the tour.
“In both courses we discuss how animals are fed and the genetics associated with the animals, all of that comes to a head out there at the processing plant,” Butler said. “They told the students they could have the best genetics in the world, but if you don’t provide adequate nutrition they don’t want your cattle.”
This is the third year Butler has taken students from his classes to tour Creekstone Farms.
“We are fortunate to have them so close and appreciate them letting us tour the facility,” Butler said. “The classroom discussion that happens all semester is exposed there at the facilty.”