Dairy Goat Project
Goats are very useful animals - they produce milk, meat and hair for weaving. Learn about management, health, feeding, milking, fitting, breeding, pedigrees, quality assurance, genetics, national industry issues, and showing.
Important project information:
- AnSci Updates for 2016 - posted December 22, 2015
- Animal science ID requirements and processes (ID worksheets, forms, etc.)
- Dairy Goat information sheet - posted December 22, 2015
- Animal science projects lease fact sheet
- Animal science show requirements sheet for all species - posted December 22, 2015
- Animal science 4-H premise ID information
- Cloverbud information sheet
To view county or local club events, visit the county website.
All youth participating as a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit, meat and dairy goat, and lama must have completed the Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics workshop. Certification is good for three fair seasons. The level of training required is determined by the grade of the youth at the time the training takes place.
Dates and locations vary by county. Check this list for more information.
Science of Animals at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair is designed to expose 4-H animals project youth to the many dimensions of the industry. 4-H youth will attend and participate in an educational session prior to the judging. Science of Animals is offered in one of 4 topic areas – Animal Health, Breeding, Production and Other, for all livestock species – Beef, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine More info.
Project Bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. Project Bowls are available for Dairy, Dog, General Livestock (Beef, Sheep & Swine), Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife projects. Winners of the Regional Project Bowls advance to the State Bowl. More info
4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info
Level 1 Learning Goals:
Learn what is the right goat for you, research goat breeds, recognize body parts, investigate goat digestive systems and more.
- Dairy Goat 1 - Getting Your Goat (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Level 2 Learning Goals:
Master basic goat management skills, recognize and prevent dairy goat diseases, master milking procedures, learn about judging goats and more.
- Dairy Goat 2 - Stepping Out (40 pages)
Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Level 3 Learning Goals:
Explore biosecurity, identify herd strengths, develop a breeding program, consider careers with goats and more.
- Dairy Goat 3 - Showing the Way (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Other learning opportunities
- Be a youth livestock committee member. 3 youth project members will be selected for 1 year terms to help plan and organize the State Fair 4-H Dairy Goat Project experience. Members must have extensive Dairy Goat project and leadership experience. Applicants must be 9th grade or older, eligible for next year's 4-H, currently enrolled in dairy goat project, previously exhibited at MN State Fair and complete this application. Word version - PDF - fillable version Application due November 18, 2016
Learning resources for all levels:
- Lamb/Kid Pattern Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Other online resources
To get involved with the 4-H Dairy Goat Project, contact your county 4-H office.
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