DURHAM —The NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire and Granite State Dairy Promotion invite the public to “meet your milk” Sat., June 29. The annual statewide event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
“Connecting consumers with their local dairy food system is of the utmost importance,” said Amy Hall, director of Granite State Dairy Promotion. “It’s a day of educational fun for the entire family. We encourage people to enjoy the facility, meet the staff and, of course, the cows.”
The event gives the public the chance to see a working dairy farm that is representative of a typical New England dairy operation. Free New Hampshire-made milk and ice cream, wagon rides, hourly tours and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are the highlights of the day’s activities.
The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center develops new knowledge and management expertise geared directly toward many state and regional stakeholders. It houses 100 milking cows and 85 heifers. Included in that number is the 24-cow, student-managed Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) herd, with the remaining animals devoted primarily to research in the area of dairy nutrition and reproductive biology.
The center is located at 36 O’Kane Road off Mast Road Extension in Durham. It is open to the public seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Visitors can observe the milking of cows at 3:30 p.m. each day.