Dairy is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Dairy.

Dairy 1
What you can do in this project: identify dairy breeds; study and identify parts of the dairy cow; learn how to select quality dairy calves; fit and show a calf; identify stages of calving and care; assemble tools needed for packing a show box.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08161, Cowabunga!
CANADA1, Showmanship. . . Leading To Win
CANADA2, Preparing to Lead
Dairy Cattle Judging Made Easy – Interactive CD
LDR, Lifetime Dairy Record
MPA, Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Managerial Project Agreement

Dairy 2
What you can do in this project: learn about housing and hay quality; learn about milking and food safety; explore ways to keep an animal healthy; observe animal behavior.
Grades: 6-8
Resources: 08162, Mooving Ahead
MPA, Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Managerial Project Agreement
NCR593, Learning About Dairy Resource Manual
The Rules are Black and White – And they apply to all breeds

Dairy 3
What you can do in this project: practice mastitis detections; learn to balance rations; practice pregnancy detection and delivery of a calf; learn body-conditioning scoring; promote dairy products; explore various dairy industry careers.
Grades: 9-12
Resources: 08163, Rising to the Top
HMR, Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Heifer Management Record
MPA, Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Managerial Project Agreement

Dairy Leader
Resources: 08164, Dairy Cattle Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?

Additional Project Resources
Visit the official Wisconsin Dairy Youth Web Site maintained by the State 4-H Youth Dairy Specialist, Beth Heinze. Check it out for dairy resources, state contests, and daily event information. Quiz yourself on dairy topics or test your dairy judging skills. Have a dairy good day!


Want to learn more about Dairy? Try the links below.

Badger Dairy Camp
This program for young people 12-18 features hands-on learning projects – fitting, showmanship fundamentals, dairy judging workshops, and dairy science-related workshops that focus on nutrition and reproduction – to teach campers the fundamentals needed to be successful in their dairy project work .

Dairy Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including dairy. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Jim Crowley Memorial Award Interviews – High schoolers in grades 10 through 12 and enrolled in the 4-H dairy project are invited to apply for the James W. Crowley 4-H Dairy Leadership Awards. The deadline for applications or nominations for the 15 awards is July 15. Winners receive plaques and partial scholarships to attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference in September. The top two candidates will each receive $500 awards for continuing their dairy education. The James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund sponsor this 4-H dairy award program. Finalists will be interviewed at the Wisconsin State Fair.

National 4-H Dairy Conference
About 200 youth from 4-H dairy projects around the U.S. and Canada congregate in Madison for National Dairy Conference held annually in conjunction with World Dairy Expo. Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other selected areas.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
Dairy Bowl is a quiz competition where all the questions are about dairy topics. Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. This website provides contest rules and registration forms.

State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
Held in late July each year. Teams qualify through Area Animal Science Days. Top Senior Teams will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Competitions at Louisville, World Dairy Expo and Harrisburg, PA.

Wisconsin State Fair
Various dairy-related events held at State Fair Park, West Allis, including the Wisconsin State Fair held each August.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Dairy Project. Just follow these links!

American Guernsey Association
See links including: Cow of the Week, Guernsey History, News and Upcoming Events, Programs and Services, Guernsey Merchandise, and more.

American Jersey Cattle Association
Site offers a Jersey directory, appraisal schedules, marketing services and links to more information.

Ayrshire Breeders Association
Site offers member’s directory, genetic information, youth programs, marketing services and links to more information.

Babcock Institute
Babcock Institute serves as a crossroads for international dairy activities at University of Wisconsin. Its mission is to lay the foundation for mutually beneficial ties between the U.S. dairy industry and the rest of the world.

Brown Swiss Association
Site offers a member’s directory, applications, youth programs, sales catalogs, and more.

Dairy Council of California
Games, quizzes and checklists to help kids, teens and adults increase their understanding of nutrition and fitness.

Extension Dairy Youth – Wisconsin
Extension Youth Dairy Specialist Beth Heinze has information on upcoming events and topics important to 4-H and FFA members in Wisconsin. Check out htis site.

Holstein Association USA
Site offers free materials, genetic evaluations, junior member information and links to more information.

Hoard’s Dairyman
Each issue of the National Dairy Farm Magazine covers a wealth of dairy information. This site features recent dairy and marketing news, and information for youth.

National Dairy Shrine
National Dairy Shrine brings together dairy producers, scientists, students, educators, marketers and others who share a desire to preserve our dairy heritage and keep the dairy industry strong. Founded in 1949, the Shrine now has over 17,000 members. The Shrine’s Visitor Center is located in Fort Atkinson, WI.

National Animal Identification System
Information on how this important new livestock animal identification system is being implemented in Wisconsin.

Red & White Dairy Cattle Association
Site encourages and promotes the breeding and development of a new breed of Red & White Dairy Cattle that measure up to a high standard production of milk and butterfat and possess good utility value.

UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Sciences
Site with links to information on instruction, faculty and staff, newsletters, and contact information, including information on conferences, dairy youth, genetics, heifers, management, milk quality, nutrition, and reproductive physiology.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, technology, engineering, and math activities.

Wisconsin Holstein Association
Site provides links on Wisconsin Holstein information for both members and youth. Links also include information on the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s news, membership, and shows.

World Dairy Expo
More than 65,000 people visit World Dairy Expo. They come from all over the world. Find out why.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Dairy Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on dairy, ethics, nutrition, and more.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.