A Day of Family Fun at the UF/IFAS Dairy Farm

By Amelia Bowles
Brown and white cow standing on grass

If you’ve ever wondered what life is like as a dairy cow, Family Day at the University of Florida’s Dairy Farm is a great opportunity to find out! The UF Dairy Unit will be opening its doors to the public Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., showcasing fun and educational ways to learn more about dairy cows.

Family Day at the Dairy Farm activities

At this free event, visitors can learn about the milk production process, farming equipment and the health and reproduction of dairy cows. Visitors can also learn about how farmers, along with the help of the UF Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS), are working together to produce milk that is more cost effective and better quality while ensuring the well-being of their cows.

There will also be photo opportunities such as riding on farming equipment, a giant cow, the UF Dairy Unit mural, interacting with calves and much more! Other interactive opportunities include barn tours, watching the process of milking cows, making butter and petting calves.

Who is involved?

This event allows the Department of Animal Sciences faculty and graduate students to share their passions and expertise with the Gainesville community, promoting healthy living and sustainable
agriculture in a relaxed and welcoming environment. UF/IFAS will also be joined by Florida Dairy
Farmers, the Florida Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Alachua County 4-H,
providing even more opportunities for learning and development beyond Family Day at the Dairy Farm.

The UF Dairy Unit is located at 13515 NW County Road 237. Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and have children be supervised by an adult. Admission is free, and the event is weather-dependent.

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