VALDERS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The National Football League, National Dairy Council, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board have partnered to remind kids to Fuel Up To Play 60.
In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News one lucky dairy producer won a national contest and had an inspirational visit with a current Green Bay Packers player.
Johnson Hill Farms in Valders, Wisconsin recently finished first for the 2012 show your pride national photo contest, sponsored in partnership with the National Football League and National and Regional Dairy councils. As winners, they were awarded a visit from Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby.
"So have these just been milked or are they waiting to go in?" Crosby asks.
Amy Johnson wasted no time giving Crosby a tour of their third generation dairy where they milk 480 cows.
Crosby: "This is the first time I've come to a farm, and it's excellent. This is awesome."
It was hard to tell who was more excited, the Johnson family or Mason Crosby.
Crosby: "The family I got to meet and the people, and just kind of talking about good health and getting out and exercising and they're making sure they're getting out and getting that exercise and they seem to be passionate about that."
The Johnsons are definitely passionate about their cows, and they even taught Crosby a few maneuvers on their playing field.
Crosby: "All right, put me to work!"
The Packers' kicker helped milk a few cows from the family's herd! And while Crosby's efforts may seem a novelty, the Johnson's see it as an opportunity to educate people about where their food comes from.
Amy Johnson of Johnson Hill Farms says, "I don't think that people realize how much actually goes into the dairy industry. And it's a lot more than just cleaning up manure and milking the cows. There's the health of the animal, the breeding program, and just working together as a team."
And there's no doubt the Johnsons love their team of dairy cows as much as the Packers!
Amy: "We all hurry up and get the farm work done and we all sit down and watch a Packer game together and it's great!"
And Crosby thinks it's great to get the message out about getting plenty of exercise and fueling up with a healthy diet!
Crosby: "I start my day with actually fruit and a dairy smoothie in a sense. So I get whey protein, and then I put in some low-fat milk into a smoothie with fruits and vegetables."
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News. Crosby's visit is part of the NFL's and National and Regional Dairy Councils' efforts to get kids more active and eating healthier. If you would like more information on how to get your school involved, log on to www.fueluptoplay60.com.