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Fourth-graders get a chance to spend a Day at the Dairy
Fourth-grade students from Argyle, Belmont, Benton, Black Hawk, Cuba City, Darlington, St. Rose and Shullsburg schools participated in the first Day at the Dairy May 9 at Cottonwood Dairy. (Photo supplied)
WIOTA -More than 230 Lafayette County fourth-grade students and teachers took part in the first Lafayette County Day at the Dairy at Cottonwood Dairy May 9.

Schools participating in the event included Argyle, Belmont, Benton, Black Hawk, Cuba City, Darlington, St. Rose and Shullsburg.

During the event, students were able to see a working milking parlor, learn about the different breeds of dairy cattle, sample different types of cheese, visit a maternity pen and pet a calf, see how and what dairy cattle are fed, and learn the role of milk in a nutritious diet.

The day also included a visit from Addie the Cow and an educational display on the milking system of a dairy cow. All students had a chance to take their picture with a milk mustache. Participants at Day at the Dairy enjoyed a lunch featuring Grande cheese pizza, apple slices, milk and ice cream.

The day was organized by a group of local dairy producers in order to provide an educational experience about dairy farming in Lafayette County. Area farms include Cottonwood Dairy, LLC; Darlington Ridge Farms, LLC; Highway Dairy Farms, LLC; and Redrock-View Farms.

The Black Hawk FFA Chapter provided group leaders and youth educators for the event.