Out and About at Wolcott Mill Metro Park
RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - From pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, cows and horses - Wolcott Mill Metro Park is the place to get out and about. It's in Ray Township, Michigan and covers over 2,000 acres.
"This is a great place for people of all ages," says park manager Susan Schmidt. "It's a working diary farm; we believe we are the only farm in Michigan that has all six of the Heritage breed diary cows. A lot of people ... know that polar bears and some more exotic animals that are in danger need to be preserved, but that's also the case with some breeds of cows."
FOX 2's Jessica Starr headed out to the farm and got a first-hand look at how they milk their cows, which you can see in the video player above.
Schmidt says they milk the cows twice a day, but the public can see it at 10 a.m. The store has ice creams, milk and cheeses made from the milk.
"We have a vacum system, so we hook up the milking apparatus onto to the cows' utters and then the vacuum starts to pump the milk out. It goes upwards into a vacuum tube takes it across the milking parlor and into the vault tank," Schmidt describes.
Fun fact: different breeds of cows produce different kinds of tasty milk.
"The cows are different shapes, sizes, colors, but the milk they produce is also very different. It varyies in the amount of butter fat and the richness of it, so, once that milk is blended together we always get high ratings," she adds.
A daily pass to go to an individual park costs $10 per vehicle and a yearly pass, which gets you into any of the 13 metro parks, costs $35 per vehicle.
For more information, visit www.metroparks.com/wolcott-mill-metropark.