Dairy Cattle

Are you interested owning a dairy animal? Are you wanting to learn more about Dairy Cattle Production and Management? Then the 4-H Dairy Cattle project is for you. In this project you will learn how to select a dairy animal, care for and feed one or more dairy cows and/or heifers. You will also learn how to keep good records.

Dairy Cattle, Jr./Int./Sr.

Dairy Cattle

Inspiring youth to:

  • Explore the possibility of expanding to make a profitable enterprise
  • Learn:
    • Selection and Judging
    • Record Keeping
    • Nutrition
    • Health
    • Reproduction and Genetics
    • Quality Assurance
    • Competition
    • Consumer Awareness

 

Showing Your Animal and Industry Knowledge, Jr./Int./Sr.

Showing Your Animal and Industry Knowledge

Inspiring youth to:

  • Increase awareness about issues of animal well-being and the assurance of quality products from dairy cattle
  • Learn how to groom and show your animal and how to win and lose graciously in the show ring
  • Better understand how dairy products enter the food chain

 

Selecting and Raising Your Animal

Selecting and Raising Your Animal

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn which characteristics to look for in a modern dairy animal
  • Learn about the costs associated with feed, equipment, and birth or purchase of an animal
  • Understand the nutrition requirements for dairy cattle at all stages of production and how to balance for maximum production
  • Learn about common diseases and parasites of dairy cattle and what to do to prevent them
  • Learn about reproductive systems of dairy cattle and how traits are passed from parents to offspring