Meet Your Milk at UNH Open Barn June 18
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
June 8, 2011
UNH and Granite State Dairy Promotion host the annual free UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UNH's Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center. Photo: Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services.
UNH and Granite State Dairy Promotion host the annual free UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UNH’s Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.
Free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are highlights of the day’s activities. Visitors can try their hands at making butter and ice cream, enjoy games and prizes, and learn surprising facts about dairy nutrition and the dairy industry in New Hampshire. Even musical offerings will have a dairy focus, the organizers promise.
“We’re pleased to partner with Granite State Dairy Promotion to introduce visitors to one ‘source’ of the dairy products they enjoy every day,” says Jon Whitehouse, manager of the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.
According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, the New Hampshire dairy industry affects state and local economies with more than $141 million in total output, 3,717 jobs and more than $19 million in labor income. Dairy farming also helps support many businesses related to the production of milk such as feed stores, milking equipment suppliers and tractor dealerships. In 2010, New Hampshire had 130 active dairy farms, down from 182 in 2000. For more information, go to www.nhdairypromo.org.
The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, develops new knowledge and management expertise geared to many state and regional stakeholders. It houses about 124 milking-age Holsteins and approximately 70 growing replacement animals. Included in that number are 25 cows managed by undergraduates participating in a course called CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management). For more information, go to www.colsa.unh.edu/aes/fairchild.
The UNH Open Barn takes place rain or shine. For questions, contact Granite State Dairy Promotion at (603) 271-3696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.