Published by The Daily News at: https://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/kinderfarmin-gives-kids-the-full-view-of-a-dairy-farm-20180607&
CORFU — As kindergartners from Byron-Bergen stepped forward for a third or fourth brush of the surprisingly soft sand in a free-stall barn at the Reyncrest dairy farm, volunteer Tasha Sutherland knew how to pull their attention back.
“Let’s talk about poo,” Sutherland said, continuing a Kinderfarmin’ conversation that showed more than 600 students every aspect of a cow’s life.
Students were excited to hear about the foods cows are fed, how they relax, grow from calves and are milked. And yes, even how they relieve themselves.
Sutherland explained to students how farmers use the three daily milking sessions to come through and clean the barns of any future-fertilizer. But the free-stall setup gives the cows a great deal of independence.
“They can pick wherever they want to sleep, wherever they want to eat,” Sutherland told her group. “There’s two water troughs and they can go wherever they want to go in their group ... the only things the people tell them what to do is the three times per day they are milked.”
Put on each June by the Genesee County Farm Bureau, Kinderfarmin’ returned Wednesday to an all-in-one farm where the Reynolds family manages 2,200 acres and 1,300 milking cows. The youngest animals were greeted by waves of students for an up-close view that fit with activities where kids whipped up and tasted butter, tried their hand at a simulated milking station and climbed up onto tractors.