The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

July 17, 2013

Dairy Camp teaches youth the ins and outs of running a dairy farm

Staff Writer

JEFFERSON — The dairy industry came alive Tuesday as dozens of area youth learned the ins and outs of running a farm during the fourth annual Dairy Camp.

“This is kind of our own make-shift reality day,” said Seanna Butler who helped organize the camp with fellow 4-H leaders Charity Mozzaro and Rosemarie Eldred.

The children gathered Tuesday morning and stretched their minds.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Kassidy Brinker, 12, of Rock Creek, after competing in a popcorn relay race.

Butler said there were 47 children and 20 adult helpers participating in the camp.

The children attended six different seminars related to the dairy industry and had to make good decisions throughout the day to make the farm a success, Butler said.

“Farm Credit did a basic bookeeping seminar,” she said. At each station the children had a chance to learn and throughout the day earned points and cashed them in to sell their milk.

Butler said one of the goals was to make enough money to buy a second farm.

Several students attending the camp were from Trumbull County, but the rest are Ashtabula County residents, she said.

Butler said the Farm Bureau paid for the childrens lunches and the Ashtabula County Holstein Club was a huge sponsor.

The students had a chance to learn about breeding, milk prices, animal health and nutrition.