This sweet little yet-to-be-named Hereford calf is only three days old. She was born with Dwarfism and birth defects, including having only one digit per foot. Her owners, Don and Nancy Shaum did not have the heart to put her down, so they enlisted the help of the engineering technology classes at Goshen High School.
The technology teacher, Jen Yoder, is no stranger to animals and she does not shy away from a challenge. Mrs. Yoder plans to bottle feed the young calf and take her back and forth to school with her each day, while her students work to develop a prosthetic or trainer device to help the calf stand and walk.
Mrs. Yoder said that there will be several opportunities for collaborative work with the calf, including: Working with GHS science teacher Cathy DeMeyer’s classes to study the calf with regard to its biology and genetics; and Mrs. Yoder will also invite Fairfield High School’s Vet. Tech. class to be involved in studying the calf and offering input for her care.
As you can imagine, everyone is very excited about this project! We will periodically post updates on the developments of this project. If you would like to follow along, you may follow @GHSEngineerTech on Twitter.