Posted on 10/20/2017 at 01:23 PM by Blog Experts


Pigs & Pork FarmChat®


Teachers: Take your students to visit a farm without leaving your classroom!


Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is broadcasting a live virtual fieldtrip from a pig farm on Monday, October 23rd at 2:30 p.m..


Students will get a personal tour of a pig barn to learn about the job of a farmer and see baby piglets and their moms close-up. Your class will learn how pregnant sows, piglets and growing pigs are cared for, see how technology is used inside the barn, and have a live Q&A session with a farmer. The program is a perfect complement to elementary life science standards and STEM learning.  


This FarmChat® is designed for K-5 students, but anyone can join to learn about pigs and Iowa agriculture!


RSVP for the event here:


Or tune in directly to the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation Facebook page


Iowa Core Connections:

  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
  • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
  • 3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.
  • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

A few tips for viewing:

  • The Facebook Live feed will not broadcast from this page. To view, go to the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation Facebook page:
  • The FarmChat® will start at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, but we encourage you to go to the page a few minutes early so you are ready when the livestream begins. If the video does not appear at 2:30 p.m., be sure to “REFRESH” the page and scroll down.
  • Teachers: When you join, please introduce your class by typing your school and grade in the comments section.
  • Be curious and wonder while you watch! Please ask questions anytime in the comments section.
  • The livestream will last 20-30 minutes and will be appropriate for all ages.

More about the Farm:    

AMVC (Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic) owns and manages Taurus Sow, a 4,600 head breed to wean sow farm, in Lenox, Iowa. The farm employs 15 people. Each week, the farm weans over 2,100 piglets, which are transported to a finishing farm in Iowa and are raised there until market weight. AMVC started as a traditional mixed animal veterinary practice with clinics in Audubon and Manning. AMVC Management Services is based out of Audubon, Iowa, and began managing sow farms in 1994. Today, AMVC's swine management presence is spread across seven states and they employ more than 550 people.


Please share this event with others, mark your calendars for Monday, October 23rd at 2:30 p.m., and tune into this Facebook Live FarmChat®!


We hope to see you there!




Cindy Hall

Education Program Manager

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation



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