Dairy cows are an amazing animal, able to turn grass and silage into milk by the gallons. A dairy cow will eat 100 pounds of feed and drink 25-50 gallons of water each day. A cow then can produce seven to eight gallons of milk per day. It takes about two days for milk to go from the farm to the retail store.
In this month’s Ag in the Classroom lesson, students learned about dairy cows and the farmers that care for them. The students also used a lot of their energy shaking cream until they made butter. These were very exciting moments when the butter suddenly came together into a tasty ball in their container.
Almost 97 percent of dairy farms are family owned. Dairy farmers work extremely hard to produce a safe and wholesome source of dairy products for the public. Dairy farmers protect the land, water and air not only for their animals, but also their families and surrounding community.
Dairy products provide your body with calcium which is needed for healthy bones and teeth. Calcium also helps our muscles and nerves work properly and helps blood to clot. Children need three servings of dairy products every day. Low-fat dairy foods improve overall diet quality.
Here are some ideas for including more dairy in your child’s diet:
- Instant pudding made with milk
- Melted cheese on a tortilla
- Toaster waffles topped with frozen yogurt
- Smoothies made with yogurt and fresh berries
Douglas County Ag in the Classroom is sponsored by Douglas County Farm Bureau, Douglas County Ag Center, and Illinois Ag in the Classroom.