The Brainerd High School Farm was awarded an innovation grant from the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council for the project, "Science and the Application of Ultrasound Data." The grant will allow agricultural teacher Denise Reeser to bring the technology of ultrasound to her students.
Reeser teaches greenhouse production, animal science and equine science at the BHS farm. Her students will have an opportunity to become proficient in reading and utilizing the data of ultrasound using project animals at the farm. Proficient students will eventually apply the data for area livestock producers and/or events such as the Crow Wing County Fair or Northeast Livestock Show.
The animal agriculture industry has embraced ultrasound technology for use in pregnancy detection and breeding soundness in breeding animals as well as measuring back fat, loin eye and rib eye in market animals and in tendon and leg work in the equine industry.
For more information about this project, contact the school farm at 829-9515.
The BHS school farm was recently featured in Hoard's Dairyman Publication, the largest and oldest national dairy industry magazine which has a circulation of 80,000.
Lane closures planned for Highway 371
BAXTER -- Motorists traveling Highway 371 about three miles south of Baxter may encounter intermittent lane closures and shoulder closures beginning the week of Sept. 19 as crews build a crossover between the northbound and southbound lanes, which will be used to move equipment in place near the Mississippi River to repair the bridge footings, reports the Baxter office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
According to MnDOT Project Engineer Chad DeMenge motorists should be alert for crews working in the ditch and trucks hauling into and around the work zone. Once the equipment is in place, contractor crews will place riprap in the river channel to repair damage created by scour beneath the bridge piers. Scour occurs when the water current erodes the material beneath bridge footings and/or bridge piers.
Portable Barge Service Inc. of Newport is the prime contractor on the $241,246 project.
Weather permitting, the bridge scour repair project is expected to be complete by early November.
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