mobile dairy classroom

Teaching kids about the dairy industry is one of our priorities. Our Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. Our trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. This is an innovative program that brings the dairy experience directly to children. At schools, students and teachers share an experience that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture, all presented in an outdoor classroom format.

Mobile Dairy Classroom instructors can adapt their presentations for children from elementary through high school. The program is free for schools, fairs, festivals, libraries, camps and just about everywhere. During 2013, our  Mobile Dairy Classrooms made presentations to over 690,000 people at fairs, festivals, livestock shows and school settings. While our program is enjoyed by all ages, our school program is targeted at grades second through eighth. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a division of the Southwest Dairy Museum, Inc., a non-profit, educational program funded by dairymen across the Southwest.

Each Mobile Dairy Classroom Program includes:
  • A 30- to 45-minute oral presentation (Depending on the age of audience) by a trained Instructor
  • Printed educational material for teachers and students
  • A milking demonstration
Instructors teach audiences:
  • Characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows
  • The importance of dairy foods for good health
  • The modern milking process
  • Modern environmental and food safety practices.
The Mobile Dairy Classrooms are available year round to the Southwest Dairy Region. Currently, eight instructors cover the various regions of the State of Texas:      
  • Bernadette Birkenfeld (Serves the Texas Panhandle from Lubbock,West Texas, and far Western Oklahoma counties).
  • Todd Griffin (Serves Central Texas from Abilene to Ft. Worth to Mason and Southern Oklahoma counties).
  • Aaron Sanders (Serves Northeast Texas and Southeast corner of Oklahoma).
  • Kayler Campbell (Serves Dallas County, counties south of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Waco Region).
  • Clyde Holekamp (Serves Hill Country from Del Rio to San Antonio, Austin area to Williamson county).
  • Larry Graham (Serves Huntsvillearea, the North Piney Woods region, including North and East Harris county and East Texas).
  • L. P. Voskamp (Serves West of Houston, South and West Harris county, coastal counties from Calhoun to Galveston).
  • Amanda Griffith (Serves from Aransas to Laredo, and  Rio Grande Valley).
  • See the Mobile Dairy Classroom Informational Brochure.

Our instructors in other states are:

  • Cody Lightfoot (Serves New Mexico and far West Texas).
  • Ralph Keel (Serves Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri).
  • Michaela Sanders (Serves Kentucky).
  • Callie Unruh (Serves Kansas and Platte, Clay, and Jackson counties of Missouri).
  • Courtney Bumgarner (Serves North Carolina and Virginia).
Due to the popularity of this free program, advance scheduling is advised.

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