WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- For years the Oberhaus family has been educating urban kids about Wisconsin's more than 1.2 million dairy cows.
It all started about 20 years ago when a group of farmers at the Waukesha County Fair were discussing the lack of youth involved in the 4-H dairy project. The family created a sign-up sheet that parents could sign their kids up to show a calf the next year. They only had one person sign up that year, but it has grown immensely ever since.
Amanda Condon was the first person to sign up when she was in elementary school. She has been with the program for 19 years and now serves as a mentor to the new young kids that want to learn more about dairy and agriculture.
Emily Udulutch has been involved for nine years and is planning to pursue a career in genetics in agriculture. For Tom Oberhaus and the family, they are overjoyed to have played a part in her decision.
"It's a very proud moment to watch these kids who came from no farming, no dairy background, no agricultural background really, and I think they'll be real movers and shakers and play a major role in the dairy industry in the future!"