New Mexico

he Mobile Dairy Classroom, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Museum, Inc., Sulphur Springs, TX, will be giving educational demonstrations for third graders, in Roosevelt County, as part of the New Mexico Ag Expo, sponsored by Plateau Wireless and New Mexico Bank and Trust, Feb. 27 and 28, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, in Portales.

In the 45-minute presentation, children will learn interesting facts about the dairy industry, such as vanilla is the most popular ice cream, cows have four stomachs, all children need two to three servings of milk per day and there are 2,000 kinds of cheese.

The Mobile Dairy Classroom is 26 feet long and contains a fully operational milking parlor. The presentations will be enjoyed by all ages at the expo, however, the material targets pre-kindergarten through sixth grade children.

The instructors teach audiences the milking process, the characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows, the importance of dairy foods in a healthy diet and modern environmental and food safety practices. Children will get to watch a milking demonstration and pet the live cow.

Printed educational material will be provided for the children and their teachers.

The Mobile Dairy Classroom has been in operation since the late 1980s; however, the actual Southwest Dairy Museum opened in 1991. The states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Texas are covered by six mobile classroom units.

An educational dairy seminar also will be offered for dairymen. Dr. Michael Looper, New Mexico State University Extension dairy specialist, will be conducting a seminar on Producing Replacement Dairy Heifers. The seminar will be held in the Armory's Yucca Room, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28.

For more information on the New Mexico Ag Expo, including booth rental information, call the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, at 505-356-8541 or 800-635-8036.

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