By Katie Horling
It felt like a fall day with the temperature hovering around a cool 60 degrees and a steady wind blowing, but that didn’t stop many of the residents of Oliver Woods Retirement Village in Owosso from getting out of their rooms to interact with some special visitors.
Karen Scovill and some of her wooly friends visited from Laingsburg.
Shiawassee County Farm Bureau hosted a Large Animal Day event at Oliver Woods, encouraging its members to bring in some livestock for the residents to meet, including sheep, ducks and a steer. It’s an annual event on the Shiawassee calendar—and a popular one at that, for both residents and staff.
Residents were amazed by the softness of the sheep and the sheer dimensions of the steer. Some of them summoned family members to join them for the unique event.
Staff were excited as well, joining in for pictures, petting the animals and joking with residents about what sort of roommates they might make. Excitement aside, the Oliver Woods residents were also genuinely curious about the animals and kept their handlers busy with savvy questions about livestock production.
Katie Horling was part of Michigan Farm Bureau’s inaugural Rotational Intern program this summer. The Coopersville native is in her senior year at Kansas State University, studying animal science and agribusiness.