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Our Tours

Our tour begins at the Berry Farm’s Rollins Beef Unit. The group will first visit the calf barn. Children will have a chance to interact with the animals as well as discuss certain points with the tour guides, such as:

  • why the calves are not with their mother
  • why we keep the calves indoors
  • feeding processes
  • difference between cow/calf/heifer/steer/bull
  • other various topics depending on the age/needs of the group

After leaving the calf barn the group walks to the main dairy barn, which houses the lactating herd. Before walking the tour guide will discuss safety and protocol with the group regarding traffic. Once at the main barn the group visits the tank room. Here they will discuss:

  • size of the bulk tank in pounds and in gallons
  • how the dairy gets paid for their milk
  • temperature of the tank and the milkman
  • Antibiotic testing
  • Somatic cell counts
  • other various topics depending on the age/needs of the group

After leaving the tank room, groups will visit the parlor and discuss:

  • the type of milking system and computer system used in the parlor
  • the milking protocol
  • how many cows are milked each day and the time it takes
  • the various dairy breeds
  • why we milk Jersey’s
  • other various topics depending on the age/needs of the group

 After leaving the parlor, the group will visit the free stall area of the barn and discuss:

  • why the cows are kept inside
  • cow comfort during the summer and winter
  • why/how we use headlocks
  • advantages of sand beds
  • ear tags, the ID system, and pedometers
  • the lactation cycle
  • nutrition
  • the definition of a ruminant
  • other various topics depending on the age/needs of the group

Participants will be allowed to interact with both cows and calves at various times throughout the tour under the supervision of a highly trained tour guide.

To schedule a tour, please contact Elizabeth Canupp at (706) 236-1725. 

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