Some of Kosciusko County’s 4-H’ers are serving as ambassadors this week at the dairy barn.

The teens are making themselves available at the dairy barn as part of the  “Barn Chats” service in which they share with visitors information on the dairy, dairy calf feeder steer and dairy steer projects.

Visitors will have a first-hand opportunity to learn about the animal exhibits and what is involved to get them ready for the fair.

4-H members are prepared to answer your questions and to share with you about dairy and beef industries and the 4-H program.

Barn chats began Sunday and will continue today at 1, 5 and 7 p.m. and will wrap up on Wednesday with one at 5 p.m.

All tours and barn chats start at the west end of the dairy barn. They will be 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon questions.

Kylie Evans and Alyssa Owens, both 13 and from Warsaw, were offering tours of the dairy ban to explain the differences among the animals.

“We’re really trying to extend our knowledge to the public and make sure what’s going on with the dairy business,” Kylie said.

They offered several interesting facts during the tour. For instance, 4-H’ers use iodine on milking cows to prevent “leaking.”

This year, the dairy barn has six breeds of cows, including guernseys, which have been absent from the fair for years.

Both girls lease cows that they have tended to and are showing this week.

The opportunity to lease cows opens the door for kids who don’t live on farms to get involved with farm animals.

“Almost all the cows in here are leased,” Kylie said.