Children at Jasper Public Library were disappointed to learn that they do not during Thursday’s summer reading program.
Members of the Barber’s Dairy Goodness Team from Birmingham showed the children a video about how milk is processed from the farm to the plant to the store.
The kids also listened to a reading of “A Fairy in a Dairy” and made pictures with Moolissa the Cow. After the presentation, they were treated to a snack of Barber’s milk and Bud’s Best cookies.
“Our desire is to give back to the community that supports us,” said team member Lynette Piteo.
Piteo said the Goodness Team was visiting Jasper for the first time. The group has done 20 similar presentations around the state so far this year.
Piteo said young children are usually amazed to learn that chocolate milk comes from cocoa rather than brown cows while older ones are more interested in how milk is processed.
Barber Dairies provides about 40 million gallons of milk in a year, according to the company website. A single dairy cow can produce nearly 1,670 gallons of milk annually.
All Barber’s milk is tested for antibiotics before it is allowed into a processing plant. Piteo said the milk can also be tainted if any cow eats wild onion grass.
“If milk from one sick cow gets into the tanker, we have to dump the whole tank when it gets to the plant because we don’t want anybody to get sick,” she said.
Alabama Fish and Game will present a program about fishing during next week’s summer reading program. It will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. at Jasper Public Library.