Doug Abrahamson Dairy Farm, located on State Highway 49, was the site for this year’s Day on the Farm held on Friday, May 4.
The main goal of this community service event is to teach fourth grade students about production agriculture.
Topics include farm safety, farm animals, machinery, food products, veterinary science, and agronomy.
Abrahamson gave a demonstration on farm safety using a paper dummy and a manure spreader.
He emphasized the importance of safety when on the farm and how it only takes a second for something to go wrong.
Six interactive booths were created to teach students about the numerous facets of the farming industry.
Students were able to handle the animals and ask questions about bovines, poultry, rabbits, horses, lambs, goats, foxes, ducks, and swine.
Veterinary science speakers described how to administer an injection. Students then injected blue dye into an orange.
They also were allowed to use a stethoscope on a dog to count its heartbeat.
FFA members discussed agronomy products along with milk replacer, calf feed, types of hay, and minerals. They learned about all the ingredients in feed and the importance in keeping the animal healthy. Students were allowed to taste the milk replacer or a molasses sweeten calf feed.
Students were given a tour of a milking parlor, and were shown how cows’ milk gets extracted from the udder. FFA members explained the process that milk goes through to get to the consumer. Fourth grade students sampled ice cream and tasted a variety of cheese while learning about Wisconsin dairy facts.
This year’s guest speaker, Michelle Orr, taught the students about sheep production and the use of wool. Michelle Orr also showed the students how to make sheep projects using the wool from her sheep, after the wool was washed. Claire Nordness showed the students how to spin wool.
Abrahamson gave a hay ride to all the students. He also quizzed them on what they have learned on the farm that day.