This last Saturday we got to go and do some service as a family at the LDS dairy farm in Elberta.
On the drive over we tried to imagine what our work would be: shoveling manure, cleaning stalls, hauling feed...
our imaginations came up with lots of dirty, smelly work. It did smell like a dairy when we arrived, but was actually very clean.
The work we did wasn't dirty at all. We cleaned a parking lot, swept off a gigantic scale that milk trucks are weighed on, watered a lawn,
we swept rocks off the road leading up to the dairy,
and we weeded a fence line.
There wasn't a whole lot of interaction with the dairy cows...other than we drank some chocolate milk at the very end. It was ice cold and delicious.
We did get a quick look at the milking floor when we were done working. It was amazingly clean, extremely efficient, air-conditioned, and astonishingly high-tech. We got to see the milking system, the cooling system, and the gigantic tanks that hold all the milk. We had a great time!