A day at the Davis Dairy Farm
By KRISS NELSON
GILMORE CITY – The Davis family’s dairy farm near Gilmore City is a busy, working farm seven days a week, 365 days a year.
But one day, each year, the milk cows and the Davis family have some company in the means of 500 people.
Tracie Phillips, with Davis Dairy, said their annual Davis Dairy Days is a field trip for 480 children ranging from daycare through second grade.
They also have numerous volunteers helping to keep the event running smoothly.
Bella Aquino, a first grade student from Manson Northwest Webster, was enjoying her time on the farm, which was helping her gain experience for when she grows up.
Aquino said she wants to be a farmer someday and was enjoying her time outside of the classroom.
“It’s really fun,” she said. “I want to be a farmer and have a horse, cows, pigs and chickens on my farm.”
All of the children have the opportunity to pet the animals, including a hedgehog and a rabbit.
“The bunny was so soft,” Aquino said. “The hedgehog was cool. It felt prickly.”
The Davis’ make it a point that their dairy days are a hands-on experience for the children.
“This isn’t like a zoo,” said Glenn Davis. “They actually get to touch the animals.”
Animals, which include llamas, alpacas, cows, sheep, goats, horses and pigs were a highlight for many of the children that attended.
“We believe the farm is important,” said Phillips. “The kids are able to come out and touch the animals, learn about the animals. It’s definitely hands-on for the kids.”
Phillips said they invite the younger children because of how impressionable they are, adding it’s a perfect age for them to learn about life on a dairy farm.
This year marks the 10th the Davis family has opened up their farm for the area school’s field trip.
Phillips said they try to add something different every year.
This year, she said there were 20 different stations for the children’s learning opportunities, which included horses, wagon rides, rope making, baby pigs and calves.
The children also watched the dairy cows being milked.
“We are the last dairy in Humboldt County, so we let them come out and see where they get their milk and butter from, so they know it doesn’t just come from a truck,” said Phillips.
“Just listen to the kids,” Glenn Davis added. “This is something they never get to see, and dairies, they are dying out.”
Lawrence Davis is the elder generation and said he is excited to host the children each year.
“It is a great thing for the kids and we do it for them,” he said. “This is more or less for them and so they can see what we do, what we do working here every day. I just really enjoy the kids, and the kids enjoy coming out to see the farm.
“A lot of kids don’t get to see a working dairy farm.”
Al Hemerson, of Gilmore City, volunteered to help at the event.
Holding a small goat, Hemerson was surrounded by children all day long, letting them pet the goat and educating them on the animal.
“This is a great learning experience for everyone involved,” said Hemerson.
Suzanne Shaner, a teacher’s associate for first graders at St. Mary’s School in Humboldt said it is a great learning experience for her students.
“We love it and look forward to it every year,” said Shaner. “The students love seeing the animals, and they love the carriage rides and the horses.”
Shaner said she especially likes the fact her students get to see first-hand where their milk comes from.
Davis Dairy is the last operating dairy in Humboldt County, selling their milk to AMPI from Sanborn.
They currently milk 85 cows.
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