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Be A Dairy Farmer Challenge “Hands-On” Tour

Be A Dairy Farmer Challenge Hands-On Tour

Are you up for the Challenge… to Be A Dairy Farmer?  Spend 90 minutes with #DairymanDan walking “in his boots”, maybe getting a little dirty, and having a true Hands-On Experience!  Four people have the opportunity to:

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!

girl milking a cow

Get Up Close & Personal (and grab a cow hug!)

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 “commitment” pen.

Plus relieve a little stress with a cow hug or two… really, the science says it works!

two children and an adult standing in a cow barn with shovels

Big Machines

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!

two children and a man in a tractor


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.

a group of kids and a man bottle feeding a dairy calf

Peek under the Hood

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!

man looking inside of electrical machine  man and boy with robot milking controller

At the end of your barn time you’ll get an exclusive t-shirt to proudly wear & showcase that you “walked in #DairymanDan’s boots”.
back of a yellow t-shirt that says "I walked in #DairymanDan's boots"

The Be A Dairy Farmer Challenge Hands-On Tour 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 activities are flexible.)

$135+tax for the entire Be A Dairy Farmer Challenge Tour (includes 1-4 people!)

  • Includes our exclusive t-shirts for up to four participants.

  • 4 Tractor Rides – smaller children can & often do ride on the lap of an adult.
  • Because of the intimate nature of this tour, we limit participants to 4 people at a time and no more than 3 kids (ages 4-10) with 1-2 adults (for a total of 4).  ** If you have an extra parent/adult or child who want to tag along that’s fine but we’ll only do 4 total tractor rides & provide 4 t-shirts. 

  • Stay 4+ Nights and the Challenge is included complimentary as part of your stay!  Or opt for daily smaller tours/visits to the cows instead!
  • Typically Lynn hosts Intro & Farewell Tours but #DairymanDan almost exclusively gives this tour!

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.

Book your stay at the GuestBarn and be sure to add on the Challenge!  See you in the barn!

1 thought on “Be A Dairy Farmer Challenge “Hands-On” Tour

  1. We need to come back for a visit and check out Rita! I love that you offer this hands-on tour for people to experience.

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