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Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase

"Recognizing the involvement, dedication, and passion of Minnesota's dairy youth."

Cow and 4-H'er

2014 First Place Dairy Showcase
Carley Vinkemeier

2014 Winners

A joint sponsorship of Minnesota 4-H and
Minnesota Livestock Breeders' Association mlba logo

2015 Dairy Showcase information flyer

2015 Dairy Showcase sponsorship details

Who can participate?

State fair 4-H dairy cattle exhibitors who receive a purple or blue ribbon in their class will qualify for the Showcase. Points will be earned for their involvement and success with the state fair interview process, dairy project bowl, dairy judging contest and showmanship. Youth will also complete an online leadership portfolio that awards points in the areas of 4-H and dairy industry involvement and leadership, along with community, school or church involvement. The portfolios will be judged by a panel of anonymous judges. All of these things will be compiled in a scorecard format and the top 25 applicants will be announced Saturday evening following the dairy show.

What if I'm selected?

If you are selected as one of the top 25, you will be recognized on the Sunday of Livestock Weekend at an event recognizing you, while also celebrating the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase! Selected youth will receive a monetary award as a thank you for being part of our industry's bright future! The amount of each monetary award will be based on a sliding scale, determined by the total amount of money donated during the year.

What is the leadership portfolio?

The easy-to-complete online leadership portfolio will ask about involvement and leadership in the dairy industry, 4-H, community, church and school. Two brief questions will give youth the opportunity to share what they have learned in the dairy project this past year and goals for the upcoming year. The 2015 leadership profile worksheet will be available here before the state fair. Computers will be on hand at the fair for participants who can't complete the portfolio before they arrive.

Are there any limitations?

There is no age limit. All 4-H state fair dairy exhibitors are eligible and encouraged to apply, as long as their animal has received a purple or blue ribbon in their respective class that year and they value the experiences the dairy industry has offered them. There is no limit to the number of times a 4-Her can be recognized in the Showcase.

2015 Information

2012 Dairy Showcase news release (189 KB PDF)
2012 Dairy Showcase photos

2011 Dairy Showcase news release (179 KB PDF)
2011 Dairy Showcase photos

2010 dairy showcase results (169 KB PDF)
2010 dairy showcase photos


Bradley W Rugg
Fairs & animal science programs director, Extension Center for Youth Development

Patrick Jirik
Extension educator, Rochester Regional Center

Janice Albrecht
Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase committee co-chair

Sarah Schmidt
Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase committee co-chair

Steve Pooch
Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase committee finance chair

Other dairy showcase steering committee members:

Lana Olson

Virginia Mold

Les Hansen

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