Metropolitan High School of Animal Husbandry Practical training in the Department of Animal Science to give love to animals

Milk Type Training Care of dairy cows and supply of raw fresh milk

Ask the girls who sell milk

“I like animals, so I entered school because I wanted to do something animal related. At first I was surprised at the size of the cow, but then I got used to it. Now it’s cute. “
Mr. Takahara, a third-year student in the Department of Animal Science, said casually during the interview. She is a dairy student and a similar leader at the Mizutaka Festival.

Enter a specialized course

“Type” here is a specialized course. In the Faculty of Animal Science, you will learn about agriculture in general in first grade, farming for agricultural produce, and learning how to operate agricultural machinery like tractors. Then, from the second grade, we will be divided into dairy, pig, and animal husbandry, and we will be in practice.
Practical animals are pets and experimental animals such as dogs, monkeys, guinea pigs, weasels, mice, rabbits that the school established in 1993, you will learn the basics of breeding techniques. . Taking advantage of this, some students go to pet-related work establishments, vocational schools and researcher training facilities.

Fresh milk becomes “Tokyo Milk”

For example, in the case of the dairy farm chosen by Mr. Takahara, the management job begins at the barn at 7:30 every morning. After returning to class, practice first milking. Fresh milk after milking is stored in barrels until the milk collectors pick it up. Then grazing, feeding, cleaning, and milking at night and normal dairy farmer-like jobs are done by 5 to 6 people on weekdays and 3 up to 4 people on holidays.
In addition to such daily management and milking, there are practical training like inserting the hands into the rectum to find the position of the uterus and perform artificial insemination.
The raw fresh milk that students squeeze out is “Tokyo Milk” (a product certified by Kyodo Dairy Co., Ltd. as a special product of the Tokyo region) is made from raw fresh milk from dairy farmers. in the Tama / Hachioji region. Of course, you can get a fair reward. This profit will be a valuable source of income for the operation of the Department of Animal Science.

The profit of the product is used for running costs

Business motivation program

Animals are essential teaching material here. If all 35 1st graders can’t experience it on their own, it won’t be a classroom. Therefore, it is important to ensure a minimum number of animals, food and drink, and the cost of managing them.
When students sell what they produce at school, the proceeds go to Tokyo, but in Tokyo they understand the costs required to run the Department of Livestock Science and implement the “Dynamic Improvement Program. Business force “. It is a mechanism that returns half of total revenue to schools as a measure of sales productivity and efficiency, separate from regular budgets.
In recent years, the entire school has earned 9.5 to 10 million yen a year from daily milk handling, porkers, compost sales and activities that combine student and labor learning. activities at school. It’s no exaggeration to say that it supports activity.

Practice of pig breeding. Pig breeding and meat branding

Ask the pig raising boy

Another person interviewed was Mr. Tadokoro, a third-year student majoring in pig breeding.
In class, we practiced piglet ear engraving (marking to identify an individual), neutering (removal of the male’s testicles) and seeding. Learn how to control male and female pigs to mate naturally and artificially inseminate.

Challenges to develop “Ochabuta”

He also challenged the project to develop a unique brand of value-added pork for the region by feeding pigs the waste of Sayama tea, a specialty of the Nishitama region.
When the tea leaves are added, the catechin component will reduce the cholesterol content of meat, eliminate odors, and improve meat quality.
As a result of the tasting among the students, the experiment was successful with a rating of mild and low odor. Research presentations will be made and reports will be kept at the school for documentation. One day, this effort could be put to good use, and it is possible that meat with a brand like “Tokyo Ochabuta” will become available on the market one day.

Are you involved with the sense of “industrial animals”?

Be prepared to ask questions of the principal

Only animal-loving students are enrolled in the Department of Animal Science, including the two interviewed. “It’s a major premise for bonding, but it’s very difficult,” said Noriaki Kobori, principal of the school.
The difficulty is to make those students deeply realize that all animals such as cows and pigs are “industrial animals” which are useful for human life. You cannot study or work in the future without a balance between your emotions and preparation. This will not be so easy for sensitive young people.
However, watching the students happily interacting with animals and explain the work they do there, I am confident that they have the qualities to become a livestock expert.

The youth also energized the local agriculture

Many of the school’s graduates participate in junior development as teachers, practical training instructors, or as members of local farmers. Mizuho’s traditions of agriculture and animal science have been built up over the years with a strong bond between seniors and juniors. There is no doubt that bold efforts, youthful and passionate ideas that have been repeated for generations have brought great vitality to the local agriculture.