One Tank Trip: Fair Oaks Farm

By: Don Schoenfeld Email
By: Don Schoenfeld Email

If you are looking for a fun but educational place to take your family this weekend, you do not have to go far.

Newscenter 16 takes you on a One Tank Trip to the Fair Oaks Farm, where you can have a dairy good time.

Fair Oaks Farm in northwest Indiana is a family-owned, interactive experience.

Kala Miller from Fair Oaks says, "We have our "edurtainment" facility, which is the educational and fun place to learn all about dairy cows and what goes on. We have a 3D and 4D movie and exhibit halls that go more in depth about what exactly goes on in the dairy farm.”

However, before a cow can produce milk, she has to give birth.

Denise Miller says, “You can come in and watch the delivery or a birth.”

One first time mother made a quick delivery, and we made it in time for her calf's first steps.

“She chose not to take care of it, and I did. I gave him a little rub off with the towel, and then fed him a bottle, and you can see he is walking around.”

While this calf learns how to walk, we got to take a bus ride.

Almost a thousand people a day come out to observe thousands of cows feeding and living on the farm.

A merry-go-round milking machine receives thirty thousand cows, three times a day, producing four million glasses of milk a day.

“The warm pipe is a 101.5 degrees, that is the cows body temperature. That is the temperature of the milk when it leaves the cow. In less than five minutes, it is cooled to thirty-six degrees.”

Camille Krug, who enjoyed a visit to the farm with her family, says, “I think it is a great learning experience to see what it entails to make the milk, cheese and ice cream to survive.”

After the bus tour, the kids can burn off some energy enjoying a variety of activities.

Kala Miller says, “We have a rock climbing wall behind me, a jumping pillow, train, a little tractor-driving area, the “Cowabunga" where you can do some flips and do some fun little maneuvers.”

When you need something to eat, go to the café for a delicious grilled cheese.

The ice cream is home made and delicious.

I had to wait on my lunch, after getting the call that another calf was going to be born.”

Curtis Sternberg of Jasper, Indiana says, “When you came out, you had all that stuff coming out too. When you come out, you have blood all over you and stuff and we had to clean you up, just like this one is going to have done.”

It's a girl!

An average of eighty calves are born each day at Fair Oaks Farm.

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