Monday, June 13, 2016

Day 1 in Vermont!

Ayers Brook Goat Dairy in Vermont!
Welcomed us! 

Dr. Christine Bezotte, Cory Blanchard, and Melody Ribeiro have started a new research project at Elmira College! Cory and Melody are both upcoming seniors! They will travel to Vermont to research the goat microbiome. The first step of this project is to create a foundation. They will be sampling mother and kid goat samples and comparing their microbiome! 

We were able to have a tour of the facility and collect our first 3 samples from 2 kids and a doe! The kids were about 3 hours old when we sampled them! 
We've had the chance to bottle-fed the 2 kids and learn to operate milking machinery! 
These are just a few pictures from today. 
Can't wait to see what the farm has for us tomorrow :) 

They goat this! 

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