Explore a Working Dairy Farm

By Diane Hernandez

Donuts, cakes, cookies and alfredo sauce — what do these all have in common? 

All items use milk-related products! In fact, name one item that doesn’t contain milk — I’ll wait. Cow milk is one of the most common ingredients used when cooking or baking.

And, if you’re not using milk, chances are you’re using a milk-related product like cheese or butter. So, if you’ve ever wondered about what a dairy farm might look like, March 19th is your lucky day! The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting a Family Day at the Dairy Farm from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. 

Attendees get to meet dairy researchers, learn where milk comes from and see a working dairy farm, according to the event’s Facebook page. The event is located at 13515 NW County Road 237.  

At the farm, white and black dairy cows roam green pastures. Their job is to produce milk — the same milk used in many of our everyday meals. 

And while a cow’s life might seem mysterious, through activity stations at the dairy farm, families can learn what these cows do on a daily basis. 

Before coming, there are a few basic steps families should follow. First, keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page. The event is weather-dependent, so it could get canceled. 

Second, the farm asks that visitors wear closed-toe shoes! 

Third, never leave your child unattended.

Finally, have fun with some sweet moo-moos! 



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