Dairy Jubilee

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 15, 1996

300 Participate in Dairy Jubilee

Some 300 school children from River Falls and Prescott schools learned about the dairy industry during a Dairy Jubilee on May 9 at UW-River Falls.

Sponsored by the UW-RF Dairy Club, the event replaced a Calf Spectacular which took University students into the schools for the program.

"Our goal is to make the students more aware of the dairy industry and the stages the milk goes through before it gets to the shelves," said Professor Perry Clark, of the animal and food science department, and Dairy Club advisor. "It also increases the visibility of the Dairy Club," Clark added.

The elementary students got a chance to view baby calves and learn about the six major breeds of dairy cattle. The students also participated for prizes in several games and contests including Bossy Bingo; dress a calf contest; and dairy trivia. There were special appearances by surrounding dairy princesses and Dairy Club members dressed as "Molly Moo" and "Buster Bull."

The afternoon also featured a milking contest between College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences Dean Gary Rohde and Assistant Dean Terry Ferriss.

Clark said he hopes "that the success of this program will teach children the value of the dairy industry, and that they will appreciate how important dairy products are to everyone today."

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