Circle N Dairy, a family owned and operated dairy farm in Gainesville, has added a life-size simulated cow, Holly the Holstein, that can be “milked” just like a real cow for participants on dairy tours that include learning about raising the crops; conservation methods employed on the farm; how the cows are fed; why their diets produce top-quality milk; and how they are taken care of.
Now, visitors not only have the opportunity to observe to see how milking is done, they can try it themselves. Bottle-feeding the baby calves is another great experience for both children and adults. Owner and farmer Michelle Neu says, “Our tours give consumers the opportunity to learn how dairy farms operate and the differences between raw and store-bought, pasteurized milk. We think it’s a great benefit for consumers to get this information straight from the source, not a marketing agency.”
Cost is $7 (age 2 and up), including milk samples and goodie bags. Location: 2074 CR 446, Gainesville. A picnic area is available. To arrange a tour, call 940-372-0343 or visit CircleNDairy.com.