Auburn University Animal Sciences Department and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting the seventh annual Dairy Awareness Introductory Resource for Youth University (DAIRY U) Program.
The workshop allows youth to learn about the dairy industry and where the milk they drink comes from as well as how it is produced in a wholesome and healthy way.
Boyd Brady, Extension dairy specialist and coordinator of the event, explains, “DAIRY U is an outstanding hands-on program for youth and adults to educate them on today’s dairy industry. The program provides its participants a better understanding of the care given to dairy cattle and the science involved in the dairy segment of agriculture. We would like the participates to leave with a better perception and appreciation of the dairy industry and how the dairy industry affects their lives.”
Auburn University students have planned hands-on activities in a way that will engage and educate youth.
“Dairy U has been a large part of my time in college, and has shown me my passion for teaching people about agriculture. I enjoy how the class is set up, where the students get to be in charge and plan the program, classes and stations, said Michelle Bufkin, vice president of Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority and Dairy U volunteer. “I enjoy getting the hands-on experience that this class offers me. This year I am a group leader for the first ever, adult program and I am very excited about teaching adults about the dairy industry as a whole,” she added.
Last year marked the largest turn-out of the event with classes involving a milking demonstration, the gestation cycle of bovines, hormones in vegetables and milk, how to properly administer injections, cattle identification, DNA tracing, bacteria transfer, showmanship and a treat from Dippin’ Dots made fresh by participants.
The program will take place on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Stanley P. Wilson Beef Teaching Unit located at 500 Shug Jordan Parkway, Auburn University.
The registration deadline is April 20. The fee is $10, which includes a meal, snacks and a t-shirt. Additional attendees (parents/guardians) will need to purchase a lunch ticket at the cost of $10. Registration is online at: https://mell-base.uce.auburn.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=C150502 .
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