Explore the dairy industry, from raising and showing a cow to manufacturing and marketing dairy products.
Resources to help you learn
- LEVEL 1: Cowabunga! In level 1, identify the breeds of dairy cattle, identify the body parts of cows, understand the life cycle of cows, explore milk production, and learn to fit and show cattle.
- LEVEL 2: Mooving Ahead In level 2, learn to judge dairy cows, discuss animal health issues, identify safe practices for handling milk, select dairy housing and forage, and explore dairy-related careers.
- LEVEL 3: Rising to the Top In level 3, evaluate the body condition of dairy animals, discuss animal welfare issues, identify the estrous cycle of cattle, and learn pregnancy detection and delivery techniques.
- Dairy Cattle Helper's Guide
Be sure to check out the 2018 Livestock Age and Ownership Deadlines HERE.
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. Members who don’t complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. CLICK HERE to take the training. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
State Fair Exhibit Rules
Each county may submit 2 entries total from 50135 and 1 entry from 50137.
50135 Animal Science: Prepare a display focusing on any activity related to the animal science project. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the animal project you studied. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. Live animals are not permitted as exhibits in this area. For safety reasons, exhibits cannot include glass, syringes with needles or any other sharp objects.
50137 Animal Science Ready4Life Challenge: (Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Animal Science project)
Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.