Changhua County opened its dairy cow festival yesterday as part of efforts to support the local industry, an official at the county’s Department of Agriculture said yesterday.
The two-day annual event was expected to help increase consumption of milk and other dairy products in the winter, which is usually the peak season for milk production, but low season for consumption.
The festival, held in a grain barn in Fusing Township (福興), was organized by the department and the farmers’ association of the township, where most of the county’s dairy cows are raised.
The festival displayed photos and video clips on the milk production process and development of the county’s dairy industry to show how milk is produced and how dairy cows are raised.
There was also a series of activities giving children the chance to roll up milk rice balls or paint cutouts in the shape of cows.
The farm also provided children with empty milk cartons to draw on and compete to see who came up with the most creative design.
Activities during the first day also included a milk drinking contest, which, rather than asking participants to drink as much milk as they could, invited them to make funny faces after finishing drinking, the official said.
Changhua County has a total of 102 milk farmers who raise 21,700 dairy cows.
Overall, Changhua produces about 65,000 tonnes of milk every year, about one-fifth of the country’s total annual production.
Milk farms can be found in each of the county’s 26 townships and many of them have been operated for more than 30 years.
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