First things first. To end our Dairy Week, we went to a Dairy Farm. It was so much fun. Before I get to the pictures, I'll tell you a little about where we went. We went to Swiss Lane Dairy Farms in Alto, MI. For the best description, you should check out their site, but I'll give a briefing here. We got to see where the cows hang out waiting to be milked, see where they are milked, feed calves a bottle and take a hay (straw) ride to the robotic farm. Right now this farm has 1,300 milking cows! I knew I would have a good time, I was sure Brock would have a good time, I just didn't know I would love it so much. It left me wanting to start a farm! Here is a link to their future tours.
|Straw maze (Brock didn't care too much about this, he wanted the|
|Emma hanging out till the tour|
|It was lunch time for the cows, so Brock attempted to hand feed them some lunch.|
|Here's where the cows get miked. This cow got stuck when the next group came in.|
|I think my husband found himself a new job. This calf didn't want to let go.|
|Robot Milker. I loved this part of the tour. I was so amazed at how smart this machine is. |
I also learned that this is much better for the cows in many ways.
|Brock milking a "cow"|
This was a great experience for the whole family. Brock got to see animals, which he loves. I got to see animals and learn new things and Mark got to see tractors and machinery which he loves. It was $8 a person and the upgrade to the robotic farm was $2 a person.
Thing 2 and 3: Picnic at the Park and Splash Pad (both will be done more than once this summer)
We were going to have a picnic at the farm, but we decided we would go ahead and go to a park to eat since the kids needed a little rest. We ended up at our normal park...not too much of an adventure there, but we were all a bit tired. Anyway, or park has a mini splash pad. I plan to find some other ones and take Brock, but he really doesn't get into it so we might hold off for a little while.
|She was blinking, but this picture cracks me up.|
|Our mini splash pad|
Up Next: Mark's Graduation and Plans for Zoo Week