By Sara Butterfass
WAVERLY, HOWARD LAKE, MN Have you ever been in the grocery store looking at the rows of milk cartons and wondering what the difference is between one percent and two?
Have you ever thought about where the food you buy comes from before it is stocked at your local grocery store?
On Saturday, June 20, you have an opportunity to answer these, and any other questions, you may have about the dairy industry.
Local farmers, agricultural educators, and supporters have organized “Breakfast on the Farm” as a way to educate the public about where their food comes from and the many components of raising dairy cattle.
Hosted at Goldview Farms south of Howard Lake, this event will run from 7 to 11 a.m.
A pancake breakfast along with sausage, juice, and milk will be served at a cost of $2 per person with children 5 and under free.
Throughout the morning visitors will be able to tour the farm, talk with industry professionals, and sample dairy and pork products.
The educational stops on the tour include:
• “What’s for Dinner?” which will display the various feeds that compose a cow’s daily diet.
• “Milking Parlor,” which will be running a video of how to properly milk a cow.
• “Visit the Vet,” where guests can see the equipment a vet uses to keep cows healthy.
• “Breeding a Cow,” where visitors can learn how cows are artificially inseminated to improve genetics.
• “Cow Pedicures,” which will give a demonstration of hoof trimming.
Local FFA chapters Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Dassel-Cokato will be on site to assist with the petting zoo, and hand out coloring books and tattoos. Tonka trucks and a huge pile of sand will be available for children as well.
Local implement dealers, Truman Welters and Midwest Machinery, are bringing out new tractors for viewing on Machinery Row.
The Wright County Pork Producers will be at a booth called “Pork the Other White Meat,” where they will hand out free samples and information about swine.
The American Dairy Association (ADA) and the Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) will provide free samples of ice cream, cheese, and pudding.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau will be on site with its safety trailer and will inform visitors on its role in assisting farmers. Six of the major dairy breeds will also be on display, with information about each.
A photo shop, including a printer, will be arranged for parents and children to get their picture taken with a calf or pose in the plywood cutouts supplied by the Minnesota State Fair Moo Booth and Little Farm Hands Booth. Pictures will be ready to pick up before guests leave.
Any money the event raises beyond expenses will be donated to area food shelves. All activities at this event are free, except for the pancake breakfast.
Everyone is encouraged to attend, no matter how much or how little you know about the dairy industry.
For more information or questions regarding the event, contact Pat Bakeberg at home at (320) 543-3848 or by cell at (763) 242-4520.