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Milk Makin Math (Grades 3-5)

Rickreall Dairy is located just 15 minutes from Oregon’s state capitol, Salem. Our tour guide is the farm’s owner, Louie Kazemier. Rickreall Dairy is home to 3,500 Holstein cows. The cows are milked three times a day and produce an average of 10 gallons of milk per cow per day. Rickreall Dairy is inspected once a month, and works with 18 different government agencies. Milk is filtered and chilled before being tested to be sure it’s always free of antibiotics. You can find Rickreall Dairy’s milk in the Willamette Valley under the Darigold and Fred Meyer brands.

Milk Makin Math

In this lesson, students will learn about the numerous career opportunities involved in the dairy industry. They will also practice real world math problems related to specific careers within the industry.

Activity 1: Rickreall Dairy Virtual Field Trip
Watch the Rickreall Dairy Farm- Tank Room, Milking Parlor, and
Cow Barn. The video can be found on our YouTube channel at:

Brainstorm Dairy-Related Careers
Provide students the opportunity to brainstorm dairy related careers, have them draw on the knowledge they gained from watching the Rickreall Dairy Virtual Field Trip linked above.

Dairy Career Stations
Students will rotate around 6 different stations featuring a career related to the dairy industry including a nutritionist, a farmer, a veterinarian, an accountant, a safety inspector and a marketing manager. At each station students will look at the objects that represent the career (materials provided in inquiry box) and then complete a  related task from their worksheet. Students will have the opportunity to look at economics and other math related concepts that dairy farmers use regularly.

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