In celebration of National Dairy Month, Circle N Dairy is offering tours of their dairy farm outside Gainesville, Monday through Saturday, during the month of June. The tour of a working dairy farm includes a presentation on how and what cows are fed, benefits of grasscrop based feed (silage), how silage is produced and harvested, the difference between raw and pasteurized milk and the health benefits of raw dairy products as a whole-food source.
Visitors get to see first-hand the daily operations of a small family dairy farm including an automatic milking parlor, milk tank room, freestall barn with mattresses and misting fans and a separate pen area for new calves. At the conclusion of the tour, everyone is given a half-pint of fresh white or chocolate milk to enjoy and each child will receive a goodie bag.
Dairy products are available for purchase from the dairy farm store, including raw milk (white and chocolate), cream, eggs and a variety of cheeses. All products are Grade A quality and guaranteed antibiotic- and hormone-free. Local in-season produce and pecans, homemade jams, jellies and soaps, along with handmade items are also available.
There is a $5 fee for the tour and appointments are required. It is recommended to call at least three days ahead to confirm space availability.
Location: 2074 CR 446, Gainesville. For more information, call 940-372-0343 or visit CircleNDairy.com.