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|15th annual Great Dairy Adventure is July 18 at Michigan State University|
|News - Industry News|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 08:55|
The 15th annual “Great Dairy Adventure” consumer education day will take place July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.
Attendees will leave the event with a better understanding of the importance of Michigan’s dairy industry to the state’s economy.
The dairy industry is the largest sector of the state’s second largest industry, agriculture, and adds $6 billion to the state’s economy every year. Attendees will discover the multi-step journey milk takes to reach our refrigerators and the nutritious benefits dairy products provide.
It’s also an opportunity to talk to and learn from local farmers and ask questions about how food gets from the farm to your table.
Children of all ages can take their turn milking a cow by hand, petting calves, experimenting with dairy recipes and creating craft projects, all while learning about various segments of the dairy industry.
MSU athletes will also be on site to pose for milk mustache photos with participants.
Parents and people who work with children will receive nutrition education materials that include simple, tasty recipe ideas to try at home. Everyone is encouraged to bring a camera to capture memories in the making.
“Additionally, we’ll be sharing information about where those nutritious dairy products come from and putting a face on the ones who care for the cows 365 days a year to make sure we are producing and delivering a safe and wholesome product to consumers.”
Youth compete in breed shows and showmanship contests; vie for awards in dairy cattle evaluation, quiz bowls and management contests; sell or purchase dairy animals; network with friends and industry colleagues; and celebrate the dairy industry. Winners of the youth contests earn an opportunity to represent the state at national contests later in the year.
Additionally, dairy producers from across the state compete in open class breed shows organized by the Michigan Purebred Dairy Cattle Association. The overall champion of the purebred breed shows is awarded the Supreme Champion award at the conclusion of the annual Expo.
Click here to read more about the Michigan Dairy Expo's youth-focused events.
There is no admission fee to participate in the Great Dairy Adventure and parking is free.
Picnic areas will be set up on the northwest side of the pavilion and MSU Concessions will be selling food and beverages on site. All activities will take place inside the pavilion, which is accessible to wheelchair-users.
—From Michigan State University news release