Explore the dairy industry, from raising a cow to dairy science and ethics to manufacturing and marketing dairy products. Topics include dairy cattle breeds, nutrition, feeding, identify parts of dairy cattle, desirable traits, stages of calving and care, and grooming and showing. Cows may be owned or leased. New to 4-H? Get involved in the Dairy Project!
What you can do
Level 1: Dairy Cattle 1 - Cowabunga!
Learn about dairy parts, breeds, cost of raising cattle, how to care for your dairy animals and more.
Level 2: Dairy Cattle 2 - Mooving Ahead
Explore Dairy judging, identification, ethics, animal health, management practices and more.
Level 3: Dairy Cattle 3 - Rising to the Top
Gain an understanding of selection and management of dairy, reproduction, breeding, marketing, careers and more.
Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H. Registration is required for download access.
- 4-H Dairy Judging Coaches Update - information on the March 6 webinar for dairy judging coaches and potential coaches
- AnSci Updates for 2018 - posted Dec 21, 2017
- Animal science ID requirements and processes (ID worksheets, forms, etc.)
- Dairy information sheet - posted Dec 21, 2017
- Animal science projects lease fact sheet
- Animal science show requirements sheet for all species - posted Dec 21, 2017
- Animal science 4-H premise ID information
- Cloverbud information sheet
- AKSARBEN Update for livestock families
- 2017 National Dairy Conference Application Form (DOC)
Record keeping & evaluation
- 4-H youth record keeping - Reflect on your project and share it.
- Animal Science Project Interviews - Junior Level (PDF)
- Animal Science Project Interviews - Senior Level (PDF)
For adult leaders
- Hoard's Showmanship "Clearing Up The Confusion" article 2015
- Virtual Farm
- My American Farm
- National Dairy Production Averages 2016
- Dairy Judging Coaches Letter 2017
- Practical Techniques for Dairy Farmers - BU-06414 (3rd Edition)
Available from Tony Seykora at 1-612-624-3448
Be a Dairy Project Development committee member
Youth Dairy Project members will be selected to serve on the Dairy Project Development committee. This group comes together to evaluate the status of the dairy project, hear committee reports and recommendations and plan for future programs and activities. Several sub committees function as well to make sure the dairy program continues to move forward.