Family Day at the Dairy Farm canceled for Oct. 25

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ongoing weather issues have forced the University of Florida to cancel its Family Day at the Dairy Farm open house, which was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25.

“We’re very sorry to have to cancel, but heavy rainfall in late September and early October created wet conditions in the pasture that serves as our visitor parking area,” said Jerry Wasdin, one of the event organizers. “We’re concerned that the ground will not dry out in time to provide reliable parking at the event, and cars might get stuck in the mud.”

Organizers have ruled out the possibility of rescheduling the event for a later date in 2014, Wasdin said. Possibilities for a 2015 open house will be discussed in the weeks to come.

First held in 2012, Family Day at the Dairy Farm gives visitors an inside look at the UF dairy farm in Hague, 20 minutes northwest of Gainesville. The event is presented by UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with support from Florida Dairy Farmers and UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Opened in 1949, the UF dairy farm sits on 850 acres and is home to about 500 Holstein cows.

Contacts

Writer: Tom Nordlie, 352-273-3567, tnordlie@ufl.edu

Source: Jerry Wasdin, 352-538-1311, jwas@ufl.edu