Bedford – The Pennsylvania Beef Council (PBC) staff and
board of directors commissioned the work of the Bedford County Tech Center Agri-Science
and Building Construction students as well as their Instructors, Mr. Scott
Myers and Mr. Steve Sellars, for their creative minds, skills and enthusiasm to
handcraft a one of a kind PA Beef Lifecycle Model Display.
The idea of the
model display was pitched by the PBC staff to the educators and students who
were eager to assist in bringing the concept to life. The vision took hold and the beginning of
this incredible partnership was on its way to an amazing educational
display. The students conducted research
about how cattle are raised, various barn structures, types of fencing, as well
as feed and water systems to make the display authentic to how cattle are
raised within the Commonwealth. The construction student’s expertise was
showcased in the overall look and design of the structure that encased the
model, a visually attractive barn.
“This unique request
gave my students the opportunity to critically think and to solve a problem.
They researched beef production practices in PA and from there took that
research and designed a plan, formulated a budget, and finally built the three-section
display,” noted Mr. Scott Myers, Bedford County Tech Center Agri-Science
Instructor. “This was an awesome way to
bring beef production into the classroom, without the mess!”
On Monday, January 6th,
2020 the PBC staff, tech center students and educators were joined by Secretary
Russell Redding and Dr. Steven Loerch of PSU, at the beef booth at Farm Show to
recognize and honor the outstanding educational display.
Pennsylvania Farm Show, took place January 4-11, in Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Beef Council (PBC) enjoyed
engaging with thousands of visitors who strolled through the state’s largest
indoor agricultural event. The council’s 30’ x 40’ exhibit space worked to
portray the journey of beef and veal from “Farm to Plate,” both visually and
interactively connecting with consumers.
The beef lifecycle model display helped to share how cattle
are raised here in the northeast and the fact that all cattle spend the
majority of their life on grass. The attractive exhibit allowed for meaningful
conversations explaining how beef makes its journey from a cow-calf farm and
ultimately ending at a finishing operation where quality cattle care and
nutrition is the standard.
“This was an amazing opportunity to pause during the Farm
Show hustle and bustle to salute these young people and their educators. To
enlist the assistance and expertise of these students and their educators in
telling the beef production story was so gratifying,” commented Bridget
Bingham, PBC Executive Director. “The
fact these young people will go on to become future leaders within the
agriculture community gives our staff and board great pride in this