Twenty-seven kindergarten through fourth graders attended the Iowa State University Bremer County Dairy Outreach and Awareness Day Camp on Thursday, June 9 in Waverly.
The day was filled with 4-H priority areas: STEM, healthy living, leadership and civic engagement, communication and the arts, and agricultural/natural resources.
Participants explored different breeds of dairy cows where they learned about the characteristics, origins and best uses of each breed’s milk. Natalie Eick, local dairy entrepreneur, visited where she shared the ice cream making process. The youngsters enjoyed listening and asking questions about his different flavors of ice cream and his cows. Dairy County Dairy Princess Alternative 2022, Hailey, also joined the mooo-tastic day!
After lunch, everyone took a trip to A New Day Dairy in Clarksville, Iowa for a tour of their dairy farm. The young people had the chance to see the process of robotic milking and other aspects of a cow’s life. This allowed students from K-4 to ask questions and learn more.
A retired grandparent and teacher from a local community shared how thrilled she was to have two of her grandchildren attend the ISU Bremer County Dairy Camp. She shared that it was a great opportunity for young people and came at an extremely reasonable price. The camp was offered to 4-H members for $5 and to non-members for $10.
This dairy day camp was partially supported by an Undeniably Dairy grant from Midwest Dairy.
For more information about youth or 4-H programming, contact the Bremer County Extension Office at 319-882-4275 or email [email protected]