Farm Bureau holds Ag Day at Pinion Hills Elementary School |

Farm Bureau holds Ag Day at Pinion Hills Elementary School

by Valree Hellwinkel

Do you know where we get our milk to drink? Does it come from A) the grocery store, B) the dairy cow, or C) the beef cow?

The students of Pinon Hills Elementary School can answer this question and more. The Douglas County Farm Bureau held its annual Agriculture Day for the students of Pinon Hills Elementary on Sept. 20.

The Farm Bureau has rotated this program to the schools of Douglas County for the past 14 years. Members teach students the importance of agriculture and take animals to the school for a hands-on learning experience. The students walked from station to station with their grade level.

Stations were beef cattle, presented by Annalynn Settelmeyer (bull courtesy of Nic Uhart); beef byproducts, Betty Cordes; human nutrition, Libby Grant-Davis; veterinary doctor, Randy Wallstrum, DVM; dairy cattle, Valree Hellwinkel (cow and calf courtesy of Sierra-Vista Holsteins); tractors and equipment, Carol Hellwinkel; sheep, Andy Aldax (sheep courtesy of Tonja and Tyrel Dressler; soils and plants, Cub Wolfe; bees, Leonard Joy; and cowboy and horse presentation, Nic Uhart.

In the morning, Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Extension Office gave a short talk on the overall importance of agriculture industry, and ice cream was handed out to the students courtesy of the Douglas County Farm Bureau.

Bob Storke and Chris Hellwinkel were in charge of the set up and take down of the animal pens.

“The response and excitement of the students and teachers was wonderful, ” said Valree Hellwinkel of the Farm Bureau.

The answer to the above question is B.