Nearly 200 Morgan County students flocked to the Morgan County Library last Friday for the Fourth Annual Dairy Splash, an educational Back to School event hosted by the Morgan County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.
Every year, young farmers and ranchers conduct an educational program centered around dairy farm practices as part of a statewide effort to familiarize school children with agricultural experiences and skills.
Children sit for a short lecture, book readings, games and a live milking demonstration on a friendly cow. A baby calf was also bottle-fed as part of the program. Afterwards, each child was given a free ticket to receive a treat from Scoops Ice Cream.
“We had the biggest year yet with 186 scoops of ice cream handed out, said a statement from the Morgan County Farm Bureau. “This program wraps up our Summer Reading programs for this year.”
Each year, the event draws attention to local farming culture.
“Did you know Morgan and surrounding counties are home to around 20 dairy farms (10,000 dairy cows) producing around 50,000 gallons of fresh milk everyday?” said the Morgan County Farm Bureau. “Be sure to drink up and enjoy your favorite ice cream!”