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?