​Bring the whole family out and enjoy a fun day of learning about the Dairy Industry! Enjoy a fun carnival full of games, live animals, prizes, inflatables, FREE ice cream...and so much more!! While there jump on the bus and take a tour of the SDSU Davis Dairy Plant and see how ice cream and cheese is made! You can also ride the bus out to a real dairy farm and enjoy a yummy grilled cheese and take a tour of the dairy farm! This is one event you won't want to miss!! All events and food are FREE to participate. 

 

~SDSU Davis Dairy Plant tours run from 10:00 am-11:00 am

   (Buses will run every 20min)

 

~Dairy Farm tours will run from 11:00 am-1:30 pm

   (Buses will run roughly every 30min)

 

 

**Tour transportation provided (Handicap Accessible)**

Dairy Fest Carnival

  • Snacking with Dairy Demo by Kayla Aman | HyVee Registered Dietitian

  • Bounce House Skid Steer & Combine 

  • Corn and Soybean Box 

  • Dairy Animals 

  • Kids Carnival & Prizes 

  • Moo Cow Barn Dance 

  • FREE SDSU Ice Cream

  • FREE Cheese Samples from Cheese Processors across South Dakota 

  • Tours of SDSU Davis Dairy Plant  

  • Local Dairy Farm Tour & Lunch on a farm 

  • Meet a Dairy Farmer

  • and so much more!!

South Dakota State University

Davis Dairy Plant 

South Dakota State University has offered Dairy Science programs since the beginnings of the university and its dairy plant has been the basis of its teaching and research programs. In 2011 SDSU was excited to open its doors to the state-of-the-art Davis Dairy Plant. This $9.3 million facility was made possible through funds from the dairy industry, dairy farmers, alumni and friends and includes a renovation of the old plant and 10,000 square feet addition. This plant is designed to offer hands-on experience to Dairy and Food Science students at SDSU.

 

The Davis Dairy Plant processes milk produced at the SDSU Dairy Research and Training Facility(DRTF) just a mile and a half north of campus. Under the guidance of the plant manager and assistant plant manager, students process this milk into multiple dairy products including cheese, butter, pasteurized milk, and ice cream. From here these products are then sold in the SDSU Dairy Bar and around campus as well as at various locations around the state. With more than 60 flavors to chose from, who wouldn't want to make a stop to visit the SDSU Dairy Bar? In addition, the plant is also a venue for numerous faculty and student, and industry research projects for dairy processing. 

 

2019 Lunch on the Farm Hosted By

Crosswind Jerseys – Elkton, SD: Crosswind Jerseys is a family farm established in 2003 when Ernst and Ursula Temperli along with son, Stefan, moved from a dairy in Canada after leaving Switzerland in 1981. Today, the farm is owned by Ernst, Ursula, and Stefan, with Stefan’s brother, Martin, managing the heifer calves at the feedlot. They milk around 1,400 Jersey cows three times a day in a double 20 parallel parlor and have a rolling herd average of 20,000 pounds of milk. The farm employees around 16 people to care for cows and calves. Crosswind Jerseys focuses on excellent cow comfort and animal husbandry, which can only be accomplished through a team effort from all employees. Their goal is to excel in production through forage quality, longevity, and genetics.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Dairy Fest Committee is again looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Dairy Fest Carnival and Fork 2 Farm event which is focusing on educating the consumer and public about the dairy industry. We are in need of volunteers (dairy producers, dairy students, faculty, dairy processing, and dairy industry representatives) to help deliver the messages about Dairy at each carnival booth area, the Fork 2 Farm educational events, along with helping set-up for the Dairy Fest Carnival. The time frame of commitment that you can volunteer for is the following: 

 

* Friday, June 5th ~ 9:30 am - 10:30 am and/or 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm at the

   Fork-to-Farm Educational Event: 5-7 volunteers/session 

 

* Friday, June 5th ~ 3:00 pm – 2 hours approximately at the Swiftel

   Center in Brookings, SD – Dairy Fest Carnival Set-up: 10 volunteers

   needed 

 

* Saturday, June 6th ~ from 9:30 am till 2:00 pm at the Dairy Fest

   Carnival: in need of 55-60 volunteers needed for the Dairy Fest

   Carnival

 

If you are interested in volunteering to help during any of these time frames please email sddairyfest@gmail.com with your interest and contact information. For more information about the 2019 Dairy Fest event please go to www.facebook.com/sddairyfest or

call 605-692-7539.

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