ENTEPRISE – School students world-wide celebrated World School Milk Day on Wednesday, September 26th 2012. Whether it was visiting dairy farms or eating dairy desserts, students world-wide got a glimpse of what World School Milk Day was all about.
What is World School Milk Day?
The event is celebrated on the last Wednesday in September of each year. World School Milk Day recognizes the need for a healthy milk diet and highlights the process of how it produced. World School Milk Day was first celebrated in the year 2000. Today, over 40 countries around the world celebrate this event and this year was the 13th annual.
See SUDIA web site (Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc.) – This web site provides a wealth of information about the dairy industry and World School Milk Day.
Elementary students at Enterprise Attendance Center got the chance to meet a 7-day old calf named “Tippy” from Ard’s Dairy Farm in Ruth, MS. Tippy came to the school by way of her owner, Mr. Pat Ard. “She’ll weigh about 1,200 pounds when she reaches 2 years old and will also start milking at that age”, he said.
GOT MILK? Here are some other cool dairy facts (Green Meadow Farms):
- Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor.
- The average cow produces enough milk each day to fill six one-gallon jugs, about 55 pounds of milk.
- The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from the bets-carotene found in the grass cows eat.
- The average cow drinks from 30 – 50 gallons of water each day – about a bathtub’s worth.
- It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- The oldest cow ever recorded was a cow named “Big Bertha”, she died 3 months short of her 49th birthday on New Year’s Eve, 1993. She also holds the record for lifetime breeding as she produced 39 calves.
- A cow has to be a mom before she will produce milk.
- It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs, because a cow’s knees can’t bend properly to walk back down.
PHOTO (above): Mrs. Mollie Goldman’s class, Intro to Agricultural Science, gathered around the cage that contained Tippy, the 7-day old calf.
PHOTO (above): Students of Intro to Agricultural Sciences class constructed and welded a cow for the school’s art contest. They received first place in their division. They are joined by instructor, Mrs. Mollie Goldman (left) and the owner of Ard’s Dairy Farm, Mr. Pat Ard (right). Students included L-R Front row- Courtney King, Tabitha Cline, Megan Rippy, Kristin Jergins; Back row - Cole Davis, Michael Scott (hidden), Trey John Whitaker, Austin Fuller, Landon Parsons, Lane Boyd, Dale Howard, and Wyatt Price.
PHOTO (Above) by Mandy Bayless: Enterprise Attendance Center cafeteria staff dressed up to represent School Milk Day. Those included were: Christi Givens, Karen Holmes, Sue Leggett, Kelsey Smith, Wanda Carraway, Bridget Brown, Carla Johnson, Bernice Eley, and Cassandra Martin.
PHOTO (above): Students participated in the school-wide Dairy Art Contest. Crafts ranged from painted canvases to crafts made from milk jugs. Winners for each division were:
First Place- Trey Rayborn, and Ms. Mollie Goldman’s 3 period Intro to Ag Class; Second Place – Victoria Greene, Lizzie Boyte, Kristin Lambert, Cody Weeks, Dezirae Katt, and Victoria Anderson; Third Place – Chase White, Jamie McDavid, Nick Marshall, Austin Hemphill.
Photos provided by Patrick Brown and Mandy Bayless