Submitted by Howard B. Owens on June 4, 2014 - 1:54pm
Evan Stout raised his hand during a tour of the milking parlor at Grassland Dairy in Pavilion this morning because he wanted to know if it hurt the cows when they're milked.
Steven Tudhope assured him they were not hurt.
Evan was one of more than 200 area school children who toured Grassland, owned and operated by Brent Tillotson, as part of Kinder Farmin' Day (formerly Dairy Day), sponsored by the Genesee County Farm Bureau.
"It's important for today's generation to learn about agriculture because they're going to be tomorrow's consumers and tomorrow's ag workforce," said Barm Sturm of the Farm Bureau.
Tillotson said he hosted the tour this year because he thinks it's important for children to learn firsthand about dairy farming.
"We do as much for kids as we can," Tillotson said. "It's good for them to come out and see that food doesn't just come off a truck."
Steven Tudhope explains to a group of Pavilion students how cows are milked.
Chad Tillotson shows a group of Wolcott School students the different kinds of organic feeds used on Grassland, which is a certified organic dairy farm.
Kara, of Wolcott School, holds a chick.
Melissa Thater with her young goat and a group of children.