Ask Away

Did you know that September 28th is ‘Ask a Stupid Question Day?’  Neither did I until recently!  You’re probably asking yourself how this holiday got its start!  It’s okay to ask.  According to Wikipedia, “This holiday was created by teachers in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom.  Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.”  Probably most of us have feared that potential ridicule at some point—I know I have.

Steven Wright asked, ‘After they make Styrofoam, what do they ship it in?’  Dumb question—or   healthy curiosity?  If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about it?  This is a good question.  The song lyric is ‘Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care’.  Therefore, the singer doesn’t care, but others may.

You and I know there is no such thing as a stupid question.  Without asking questions, how are we going to learn?

As a dairy industry leader, I’ve gotten many questions over the years that I view as great opportunities to educate and share stories about farming!  Do brown cows give chocolate milk?  Do all cows give milk?  Are cows female?  How much milk can a cow give in one day?  How do I know the milk I drink is safe?

I welcome these and other questions because they indicate the asker is interested and would like to know the answer!  And in case you don’t know:  Brown cows do not give chocolate milk.  Cows must first have a calf before they give milk.  Yes.  Cows are female.  On average, a cow can give about six gallons or 96 8-ounce cups of milk per day.  Milk and dairy products are among the most highly regulated foods in this country!  Milk and dairy foods are subject to many government required or voluntary industry safety checks from farm to table.  Pasteurization is the most important food safety tool in use in the world today and further assures that the milk and dairy foods you purchase and consume are safe.

So ask away.  Remember:  there are no stupid questions.  You’re curious, you want to know—just ask!

Find out more about milk, cows and dairy farming when you visit www.dairyfarmingtoday.org!

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