Thousands of families take virtual farm tour of Michigan Dairy Farm


The United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s live virtual farm tour to Valley Grove Dairy reached nearly 10,000 viewers. The tour gave viewers a glimpse into the lives of playful calves and a behind-the-scenes look at how milk and other dairy food gets from the farm to their table.

Teachers, parents and children of all ages were invited to tag along as Jolene Griffin, Director of Industry Relations, UDIM, took them on a virtual tour of her family’s West Michigan dairy farm on April 21.

“A virtual dairy farm tour is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world around you while families stay home and children are unable to attend school as we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Amiee Vondrasek, UDIM Youth Wellness Manager and farm tour moderator. “We know teachers and parents at home are looking for learning opportunities. The farm tour educated and entertained students and also gave them a glimpse into life on the farm.”

Griffin began in the calf barn explaining why the calves were wearing jackets, and how technology helps farmers care for the animals.

Teachers were given the opportunity to register their class so they could send in questions, receive updates, and be notified of future tours. In total 231 classrooms signed up with over 4,100 students.