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Monday, March 20, 2017

Beef Farmer Math

In an effort to make math more interesting for kids and to make my kids understand that math really is important, I have started a series of Farmer Math questions to go along with the Flat Aggie reports.  These are patterned after the blog Bedtime Math.  Some of the questions are easy enough for pre-schoolers and sometimes I come up with some to even challenge high school seniors.

These questions follow the report Flat Aggie Visits Snowy Idaho.  Additional educational materials can be found in the post All About Beef from The Illinois Farm Girl.
Additional cattle math problems can be found: Cattle Farmer Math and Beef Cow Farmer Math.

1.)  The show heifer is fed 5 pounds of corn, 2 pounds of oats, 1 pound of soybean meal, 10 pounds of hay and 1/4 pound of minerals and vitamins.  How much feed is she fed in all?

2.)  Flat Aggie is helping vaccinate some bulls.  She needs enough vaccine for 15 bulls.  The dosage is 5 milliliters per bull.  How many milliliters are needed in all?

3.)  Flat Aggie has another vaccine that is 2 ml per bull.  To vaccinate 15 bulls, how many milliliters of this vaccine is needed?

4.)  The Malson Ranch in Utah gets eleven inches of rain each year.  What is the average amount of rain per month?  (Round to the nearest hundredth of an inch.)

5.)  Flat Aggie helped weigh 5 calves when they were born.  The weights in pounds were 90, 70, 60, 100, 80.  What was the average birth weight of the calves born?
ANSWERS: 1.) 18.25 pounds  2.) 75 ml  3.)  30 ml  4.)  .92 inches  5.)  80 pounds

If you are a teacher or homeschooler that would like more information to go with the Flat Aggie reports, send me a message on my contact form.  Along with the report and the Farmer Math questions, we send each teacher an additional page of activities, crossword puzzles and sometimes a few hands on activities.

-A Kansas Farm Mom