By Todd Wels

Triplicate staff writer

It was springtime down on the farm for students at Bess Maxwell Elementary School Tuesday.

The students got to handle and feed farm animals as part of the schools second Springtime Down on the Farm Day. The event was designed to spur students interest in agriculture, said organizer Maureen Jahn.

The Del Norte High School Future Farmers of America brought the animals to the school. They included a dairy cow and some newborn calves from Alexandre Dairy, goats, piglets, lambs and emus, said Toni Scott, a 15-year-old FFA member.

Students were allowed to touch the animals some doing so for the very first time.

There are a lot of children that never actually get close to these animals, Jahn said.

Scott said most children took to the animals right away.

Some of the littler kids were really curious, she said, adding, They really liked the big dairy cows.