While most everybody in the world knows about the sporting events underway in Salt Lake City, there’s another form of Olympics going on today at Iowa State University. They’ve traded the luge for livestock at I-S-U. Animal science professor Brad Skaar says about 160 students are getting hands-on experience in categories like herding sheep and corralling cattle. They’ll also have to maneuver hogs through an obstacle course and even go under a “limbo” bar without knocking it off.Skaar admits it’s often an amusing scene as the students who are unfamiliar with certain animals attempt to get the stubborn critters to do their bidding. He says the sheep herding exercise may look like something out of the movie “Babe” about a pig who thought he was a sheepdog — or sheep-pig.The I-S-U students will be scored on their abilities in moving and managing the barnyard creatures in what Professor Skaar says has become known as the Animal Olympics.
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