White Rock Elementary had a special visitor Thursday – a milk-producing cow named Tiny. The educational production was courtesy of Southwest Dairy Farmers, which seek to keep kids informed via their mobile dairy classroom.
The students, from Kindergarten through 3rd grade, saw the farmers milk the cow, heard about different milk-producing breeds (Tiny’s a Jersey), and learned how milk is transported and pasteurized. They heard what cattle eat – a cow that eats only grass can give 50 glasses of milk per day, but a cow that adds corn and hay can double her production – and learned they are milked twice a day. The kids heard about nutrition and how many servings per day they should have, and they learned which foods are made from milk. To the surprise of none of their teachers, cheese was consensus favorite.
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