The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a dynamic and fun educational program operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. The 30 ft Mobile Dairy Classroom features a fully operational milking parlor containing a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations. The program message is geared to a target audience of elementary school children grades K-5. The goal of the program is to provide children with a better understanding of where milk comes from, how it is processed, the healthy benefits of consuming dairy products and dairy farmers’ management of natural resources.
The length of the presentation ranges from 25–45 minutes, and the program content is adjusted based on audience interest and age level. Program content may include:
Life cycles, animal feeding, nutrition, ruminant digestive system, lactation cycle, the milking process, variety of dairy cow breeds, dairy product processing and manufacturing process.
Dairy Product Nutrition and Composition:
Overview of food products originating from milk, vitamins and minerals from dairy products and the overall importance of dairy products as part of a healthy diet.
Requirements for reserving the Mobile Dairy Classroom:
School must be located in the state of Georgia.
Approval from school administrator or principal.
A minimum of 50 ft for truck and trailer parking.
Completion and submission of Mobile Dairy Classroom
Completion of program survey immediately following the MDC visit.
Meet Our Instructor, Nicole Karstedt
Nicole grew up on a dairy farm in Madison, Georgia. Her roots in and passion for the dairy industry inspire her as she travels across the state year-round. Nicole enjoys educating students from varying backgrounds about where their milk comes from and the importance of incorporating dairy products into a healthy lifestyle. Nicole has been the Mobile Dairy Classroom instructor and coordinator since 2008.
MDC on Georgia Farm Monitor
Georgia Farm Bureau's Farm Monitor features the Mobile Dairy Classroom.
February 20, 2015
Mobile Dairy Classroom in Macon
These Macon, Georgia, students saw the milking process and a cow, a first for some of the children!
April 9, 2014
Kennesaw State University MDC visit
Kennesaw State University hosted the MDC to raise awareness for the Great American Milk Drive.
September 8, 2014