An instructor and her two teaching assistants – one 4 years old, the other just 4 weeks old – gave students at an elementary school here a lesson Thursday that included anatomy, nutrition, technology and more.
Kimberlee McLaughlin, with the Dairy Council of California, brought the Mobile Dairy Classroom to Fowler Elementary for two outside assemblies.
Good thing they were outside, because McLaughlin warned the kids that Coco the cow and Tootsie the calf “might have to go to the bathroom right here in front of our eyes.” She also said Coco is a messy eater, prone to drooling. And to the kids’ delight, McLaughlin demonstrated how to milk an udder by aiming a few squirts from Coco right onto the blacktop.
The kids ate it up – not literally – and also learned quite a bit more in a short time:
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▪ Coco eats more than hay. She likes pineapple, cauliflower and many other foods. Her healthy eating produces delicious, nutritious food, McLaughlin told the children.
▪ Before she could make any milk, Coco needed to become a mom. Giving birth to a calf – Coco has one, that lives on the same Galt dairy farm as her – triggers milk production.
▪ Though we enjoy it cold, milk comes out warm because cows are warm-blooded mammals.
▪ The milk cows produce is used to make many other foods, including butter, cheese, ice cream and yogurt.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom is offered statewide and at no charge to schools. To learn more, go to the Dairy Council’s website, HealthyEating.org.
Deke Farrow: 209-578-2327