Posted on March 12, 2009 by Tia Lalani

On Thursday March 19th, students will present the Camrose edition of There’s a Heifer in Your Tank at the Camrose Regional Exhibition.

by Kara Blizzard

Do you ever wonder about the origins of turkey bacon, or why bulls are attracted to the colour red? The University of Alberta’s Animal Science 200 class can tell you. On Thursday March 19th, students will present the Camrose edition of There’s a Heifer in Your Tank at the Camrose Regional Exhibition.

Professor Frank Robinson teaches the class, and the event will be comprised of students’ final projects. There are eight groups, and each group will answer a quirky agricultural question like the ones mentioned above. According to coordinator Dana Penrice, one objective for students is to “think outside the box”: the evening will include drama, songs, and humour.

In between presentations, Augustana’s own OK Chorale (sometimes known as the Men’s Choir) will provide musical interludes. Guests will also be treated to the winning cookie from The Camrose 100 Mile Cookie Challenge, which took place at the beginning of the month.

Robinson started There’s a Heifer in Your Tank in 2004, as a way to get students engaged and excited about agriculture. He decided to make the class research-based: students would find the answers to intriguing questions about animals and food production. The class is ever increasing in popularity, and many U of A students outside of the ALES faculty take the course. In addition to providing valuable research experience, Animal Science 200 helps build public communication skills. The fact that it’s fun can’t hurt!

Penrice describes There’s a Heifer in Your Tank as a “celebration of agriculture and creating awareness of where food comes from.” The event fits well with Augustana’s theme this year, From Field to Fork.

The presentation is free with a donation to the Open Door Association. Tickets tend to sell out, so email heiferinyourtank@ualberta.ca to get them before they’re gone! For more information, visit http://www.hiyt.afhe.ualberta.ca/.


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