Her name is Emma and she speaks for the cows.
“Cows give us healthy stuff and some of them can be really nice,” said the rural Fountain Fillmore County Dairy Ambassador, promoting the four-legged gals in the Mulhern dairy barn.
Emma Mulhern is the daughter of Cory Mulhern of Fountain and Kathy Mulhern of Chatfield. She chose to apply to become a dairy ambassador for the first time because she lives on a dairy farm – one of the requirements of being an ambassador – and because she wanted to be in parades.
“I’ve been in one parade so far and I get to serve ice cream…I like serving ice cream, being in parades – we get to throw string cheese,” she said. “I’ve never been in a parade before and in case people have questions, I can tell them (about dairy and milk).”
The 10-year-old wants people to know the dairy products that come from the cows in her family’s barn “are good and healthy” and that she prefers getting her dairy in the form of cookie dough ice cream.
Emma said she enjoys living on a farm because she gets to help with the herd and farm chores. “I like to go see my cow out in the barn, and sometimes, I feed milk to the calves,” she added.
She is not certain what she’d like to grow up to be, but she might like to live on a farm, and if she does, she’d likely have a cow or two.
Emma already has a couple of calves for her 4-H county fair projects, as well as a sheep she enjoys grooming and preparing for the fair.
When she’s not busy promoting the benefits of dairy products, she likes to play softball and visit her sheep.
“I like to see my sheep – it has a white face,” she commented.
Next year might be another chance for Emma to be a dairy ambassador, and perhaps someday she’ll even become a dairy princess…“I hope,” she added.