mobile dairy classroom

Teaching kids about the dairy industry is one of our priorities. Our Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. Our trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. This is an innovative program that brings the dairy experience directly to children. At schools, students and teachers share an experience that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture, all presented in an outdoor classroom format.

Mobile Dairy Classroom instructors can adapt their presentations for kids from kindergarten through high school. The program is free for schools, fairs, festivals, libraries, camps and just about anywhere. During 2011 our 14 Mobile Dairy Classrooms made presentations to over 875,000 people at fairs, festivals, livestock shows and school settings. While our program is enjoyed by all ages, our school program is targeted at grades second through eighth. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a division of the Southwest Dairy Museum, Inc., a non-profit, educational program funded by dairymen across the Southwest.

Each Mobile Dairy Classroom Program includes:
  • A 30- to 45-minute oral presentation (depending on the age of audience) by a trained Instructor
  • Printed educational material for teachers and students
  • A milking demonstration
Instructors teach audiences:
  • Characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows
  • The importance of dairy foods for good health
  • The modern milking process
  • Modern environmental and food safety practices.
The Mobile Dairy Classrooms are available year round to the Southwest Dairy Region. Currently, eight instructors cover the various regions of the State of Texas:      
  • Bernadette Birkenfeld (Lubbock and West Texas).
  • Todd Griffin (DeLeon, Central Texas from Abilene to Ft. Worth, and Waco region).
  • Aaron Sanders (Northeast Texas and Choctaw and McCurtain counties in Oklahoma).
  • Kayler Campbell (Dallas County along with Ellis, Johnson, Navarro and surrounding counties)
  • Clyde Holekamp (Comfort, the Hill Country from Del Rio to San Antonio, and Sequin).
  • Larry Graham (Huntsville, the North Piney Woods region, including Houston - Beaumont).
  • L. P. Voskamp (Houston area, West and Southwest Houston area)
  • See the Mobile Dairy Classroom Informational Brochure.

Our instructors in other states are:

  • Cody Lightfoot (New Mexico).
  • Ralph Keel (Oklahoma).
  • Michaela Sanders (Alabama).
  • Callie Unruh (Kansas).
Due to the popularity of this free program, advance scheduling is advised.

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to schedule a Mobile Dairy Classroom presentation for your school. Be sure to make your request to the attention of the appropriate instructor in your region, which you'll find listed above.