Friday, April 17, 2009

My Final Dairy Princess Appearance

Most of you know that I was a Roseau/Kittson county dairy princess this last year (my "reign" ends this spring) and today I was able to do a class at our local Christian school.

I talked about what milk is made of, and it's nutritional value (water, calcium, protein...), a bunch of the different things that are made from milk, how much milk/dairy products you should have a day, the different breeds of dairy cows, what they eat, their "4 stomachs", how we do milking on our farm, pasteurization, and a few other things. Then we learned a verse, played a review game, did a short Sword drill, let them taste homemade cottage cheese, and gave out bags of dairy promotional papers and pencils. We ended with a snack of - ice cream bars of course!

Silas came along to help me carry all of the props and there were 17 students and a couple adults. I was happy with how it went :)
I've been doing a lot of studying this last week - and here's some random facts I found that you might enjoy -

A gallon of milk weighs 8.59 pounds (I checked this out on our scale!)

The 6 main breeds of dairy cows in America are - Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Shorthorn, Aryshire, and Brown Swiss (we have a little of all of them in our herd)

Starbucks uses 2 percent of the nation's milk

It takes more than 21 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter - the natural yellow color of butter comes from beta-carotene, found in the grass the cows eat (the same thing that makes carrots orange)

It takes over 3 cups of broccoli to equal the calcium in one cup of milk

Your bones replace themselves every 7 years

Greeks eat the most cheese - 54 pounds a year!

More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the year

McDonalds uses 4 million gallons of yogurt a year in parfaits

The average American eats 46 slices of pizza a year - that's an average of 10 acres of pizza eaten a day in America

One glass of milk can give you energy to play a computer game for 100 minutes (Dad said, "what a waste of good milk")

The water buffalo provides half of all milk drunk in India

Camel milk lasts for 7 days at 86 degrees F

The first efficient milking machine was invented in 1918

Of Americans, Alaskans eat the most ice cream - 6 gallons a year

Milk is one of two foods whose sole purpose is to be food - the other is honey (wheat is a seed, fruit protects seeds, beets are a root, meat is muscle...)

An average cow gives 6-7 gallons of milk a day

Most women and teens don't get as much calcium as they need - adults and young children need 3 servings of milk/dairy products a day and people between 9 and 18 need 4 servings

As I was studying this week, I kept getting "convicted" and had to go get a glass of milk :) Have you had your 3-A-Day yet?


  1. Yup, I have my 3 cups of milk today!!Hehe!!:P Those were all really funny facts about milk!:)

  2. LOL, are you sorry to be giving up your title?? :) You make a very lovely dairy princess!! Those were some pretty interesting facts too...hmmmm...I didn't realize Starbucks used so much milk!! Can I claim that as one of my 3?? :)

  3. Very interesting. FYI many Christians are now boycotting Starbucks because they hosted a huge same sex kiss day on April 15. It happened in the States and in the Philippines too. We contacted Starbucks to confirm. It's a great way to start saving money.

    I was just wondering if you all are familiar with I think you might find it interesting.

    Sj Inion

  4. It sure is refreshing to see a Dairy Princess who is modest!!! ....Truly beautiful~
    I, too, was wondering if you've researched the Weston A. Price foundation? We've learned so much from there and from Sally Fallon, whom we've had the opportunity to hear in person. We were also blessed by the book, "The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Products" by Ron Schmid and my mom has gone on the milk diet a couple of times in the past when she was dealing with health issues. The idea of drinking raw milk may be a very scary thing to some, I know, but once they understand what the big milk scare was about and how healthy milk (in its natural form) is, hopefully they'll start guzzeling it! :) Just some thoughts...

  5. No, we have never heard of the Westen Price Foundation. I looked at the web site and will have to go back when I have time to read more. It's interesting, when I was in the hospital a few years ago and they didn't know what was wrong with me, one doctor was confident it must've been the milk we drink! (they were wrong) We do agree that the more natural the better. The whole milk thing is very political. For example, no one should be paying more than $1.50 a gallon in the store right now if you lowered the price of milk in proportion to how much our income has gone down. Who's making the extra? Also, the raw milk sellers make top dollar for their milk and having it be outlawed, makes the price of their milk really drop substancially. When it comes down to it, I'm not sure those over us want us to have the freedom to find our own food. The ultimate goal is to shut down all the small dairies and have large state run dairies. Sorry for rambling. We'd have to travel quite a few miles to hit the nearest Starbucks and I don't think any of us have ever been to one! Sorry, Rachel! Just keep drinking milk, ok!

  6. Yes, you are very right about the government wanting to shut down small dairies. Weston A Price foundation is fighting hard to keep that from happening.

    Around the globe people are finding that raw whole milk cures. Folks with autistic children find great health benefits from raw whole milk.

    2 1/2 years ago we traveled to many States - raw, grass fed whole milk was in high demand. I n the cities people are paying as much as $7.00 dollars per half gallon. 4.00 was the average price out in the country - if the milk was high in fat like Jeresy milk and grass fed. Amish are charging 10 - 13 dollars per quart for yogurt and cream.
    Not only does selling raw grass fed milk improve health but it keeps the money on the farm. Where it should be.
    In every State where we travel and we traveled to many raw grass fed milk farmers had no problem selling milk. Costumers came from neighbors and folks from more than 1 hour away. Every farmer we know who is doing this has more business than they can handle, enjoy farming more because the government is out of it, experience better income and make friends by offering the healthy milk.
    So, I think you will really like Weston A Price.

    Blessings to you.
    Stacey-jean Inion


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