The challenge lasts about 90 minutes and can be split into two times for GuestBarn guests (especially helpful because bottle feeding calves can only happen at a very specific time. All other activites are flexible.)
$120 for the entire experience challenge (includes 1-4 people!)
Includes exclusive t-shirts for ALL participants.
Because of the intimate nature of this tour, we limit participants to 4 people at a time and no more than 2 kids (ages 5-12) with 2 teens/adults (for a total of 4).
Important Information To Know:
We work in all types of weather – rain, wind, humidity, snow – you name it, we work in it. No matter the weather your challenge tour will go on.
Please wear your own clean work clothes (long pants recommended) & old shoes – they will get dirty. Manure splatters, calves slobber, and mud splashes – it will likely end up on your clothes. We have plastic slip on boot covers to go over any type of old shoes/boots. We do ask that you have closed toed shoes to protect yourself.
We are required to have you sign a liability form – animals can be unpredictable & machines can be dangerous even when safety precautions have been taken.
Wanna know more about what you can do or already scheduled your spot & want to get prepared? Then read on!
Milk A Cow
Give Rita the robot a break while you try your hand at milking a cow by hand… we know it’s on your bucket list! And it’s not as easy as it looks!
Typically in our barn visitors get pretty close to our cows in the alleyways but in order to scrape manure off the crossovers you’ll get to head in among the cows, don’t worry #DairymanDan will go with you & our cows are very calm!
Did you know that cows have a “personal bubble”? #DairymanDan will teach you all about how to use that personal bubble to move a cow where you want her to go without even touching her! If any cows need to be encouraged to go get milked you’ll help get her in the “fetch” pen.
They’re big & powerful and you’ll get to ride in one, and maybe even take the wheel! Did you know the term tractor was coined just north of us in Charles City?
Everyday #DairymanDan uses the mixer wagon to mix up the cow’s “salad” & then deliver it. Climb up and peek inside to see the huge augers that mix it all up!
Care for the Calves
They’re cute, little (relatively speaking), and need extra special care. Hopefully we’ll have a new baby calf, just a couple days old & you’ll get to bottle feed a calf. If not you can still help deliver milk to the calves buckets & help them learn to eat their pellets by hand feeding them.
Always the most popular stop, people love seeing Rita at work, milking the cows. But you’ll get to look under Rita’s hood in the back of the robot room and see not only her arm at work but all her inner workings too!
You’ll even have a chance to “play” with Rita’s controller… kinda like your favorite video game!