Exciting times down on the farm at the Jack Hayward Senior High School (JHSHS) as twin goats were born to Mojo and Blossom on Wednesday, March 1.
Agriculture Science teacher, Sherene Butters, proudly showed The Freeport News the first offspring of goats belonging to the school’s farm. “Our ‘grand kids’ Matthew and Martha were born Wednesday last week and the students have really enjoyed being able to take care of them during the day,” Butters shared.
In addition to the students being thrilled about the new additions, “Principal Yvonne Ward and Senior Education Officer Herbert Marshall are overjoyed as the Animal Husbandry Program at the school is just three years old and goats only joined the farm Easter last year,” revealed Butters.
The JHSHS Agriculture Science teacher said, the reason for the name Matthew for one of the goats was because it is believed they were conceived during Hurricane Matthew, as when school re-opened after the storm she noticed Blossom was pregnant.
“The day before the twins were born the students noticed Blossom was being harassed by Mojo, the male goat, so we pulled him outside. When I arrived at school the next day the two babies were right there,” Butters added.
The Agriculture Science teacher added that the birth of the first two baby goats at the school has not only brought a lot of excitement, they have motivated the students to be more involved on the school’s farm.
When The Freeport News visited the eight-day-old goats, Grade 11 student Joshua Newbold was assisting on the farm and explained that he was eager to get to his Elective Class, after hearing of their birth. “I wanted to see the litter straight away, and now we are outside in class today I am getting to take care of them,” Newbold said with obvious enthusiasm.
Published Friday, March 10, 2017