4H Simply Natural Creamery Tour
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The campers took to the road on July 26th to visit Simply Natural Creamery in Ayden, NC. Once there, the campers went on a tour of the facility.
They learned about the different breeds of cows. The Creamery only has Jersey cows because their milk has greater nutritional value than the average milk and is the only milk that is naturally lactose-free. The first stop on the tour was the Nursery. Here the campers were able to pet the baby calves. Campers visited the milking parlor and learned that they milk the cows three times a day. They learned that the cows hang out in the waiting barn until it is their time to be milked. They then enter the parlor where they are cleaned and then milked with an automatic milker for between 5-7 minutes. The cows are then released.
Most of the cows head over to the “Lounge” an area that has sand (because it is cooler) on the floor, fans, and sprinklers to help them regulate their body temperatures in the heat. They also have an automatic face and back scratcher. Man, these cows are certainly pampered!
They took a hayride and learned that the Creamery was started by two brothers. Their farm is approximately 4,000 acres. Their first two Jersey cows Daisy and Carrie were chosen for their docile nature and their high-quality milk. They now have 160 milking cows that produce 8,000 gallons of milk a week. All of the cows at the Creamery have been born and raised on the farm.
After the hayride ended, the tour came to a close and we headed to the front porch to have lunch. The staff kindly offered us a sample of their delicious ice cream and even gave us a goody bag filled with a cow fan, a coloring book, and other fun items. Then we got in the van and headed back to Bertie County.