Charles Boeneke, Van Osdell, Mary Ann | 10/17/2007 1:50:13 AM
Tailgating at an SEC football game is listed No. 27 in ESPN columnist Jim Caple’s list of 101 Things Sports Fans Must Experience Before They Die.
The rankings are based on the total experience, including the event itself, the participants, the setting and the atmosphere for the fans. Caple says all you need to add is some good food, friends and a game.
SEC fans turn tailgating into a true art form, particularly at LSU as Cajun gourmets prepare their specialties all day before a night game at Tiger Stadium. Now they can add LSU AgCenter’s Dairy Store ice cream to the mix of snacks.
Beginning with the next home game on Oct. 20, 18 flavors will be available from a trailer near the ROTC jet.
The Dairy Science Club will scoop the ice cream on the spot or sell it in pre-packaged 3- and 8-ounce cups.
Dr. Charles Boeneke, assistant professor of dairy foods technology, said he expects the club will sell 400 gallons at each game.
In addition to the trailer, the Dairy Store on campus will remain open on game days from 11 a.m. until about an hour before kickoff. Anywhere from 1,200 to 2,000 people visit the store on game days, said Boeneke.
Students name the flavors, a popular one being Tiger Bite, which features purple stripes. Vanilla is the most popular, however.
The store has been in operation at its current location, 111 Dairy Science Building, since 1972. Although a creamery has operated at various locations since 1906, the first dairy store on campus opened in 1929.
Milk from the LSU AgCenter dairy farm is pumped into the facility to make the ice cream. The dairy farm recently reached a milestone in Louisiana agriculture when it recorded the highest rolling herd average milk production ever in the state, said Randy Morrell, LSU AgCenter research associate and dairy herd manager.
The LSU AgCenter’s rolling herd average reached 24,002 pounds of milk at the July measurement. That’s nearly 2,800 gallons of milk per cow over a year’s time.
The rolling herd average is calculated as the average production per cow in the herd for the prior 12 months.
Half-gallons of ice cream at the Dairy Store sell for $5.50. Cappuccino, espresso, shakes and sundaes are also available, but not on game day. Weekday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. VISA, MasterCard and checks are accepted.
Boeneke said LSU AgCenter ice cream is now available in two campus dining halls, Highland and Pentagon, where students consume about 240 gallons a week. The store sells 500 to 600 gallons a week, depending on the time of year.
The Dairy Store also sells cheddar cheese and jalapeno Cajun spice cheese and ships about 2,000 boxes of cheese around Christmastime throughout the lower 48 United States.
The store also manufactures and sells nonalcoholic eggnog in November and December.
Boeneke said dairy products can be transported safely in a fan’s vehicle in an ice chest the driving distance from Baton Rouge to Shreveport, for example.