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Dairy Cattle Project

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The 4-H dairy project is about more than just producing milk. Breeding animals allow you to start your own herd.

  • Acquire skills in dairy production through ownership and care of dairy animals.
  • Keep production and financial records on one or more head of livestock.
  • Learn marketing, processing, distribution, consumption and use of dairy products.
  • Practice principles of cleanliness and sanitation in the production and care of dairy products.
Here's What You Can Do All Year
  • Visit a local feed mill and see how feed ingredients are mixed, weighed and blended to make a complete ration.
  • Visit a local creamery to observe preparation and packaging.
  • Learn how to evaluate dairy products.
  • Compare feed tags from different companies.
  • Ride with a local veterinarian to learn about animal health.
  • Attend a dairy show to listen to a judge give oral reasons and witness the differences in judging dairy cattle.
  • Exhibit at or attend local, regional, state or national dairy shows and
  • conferences.
  • Bring a dairy animal to livestock camp at ND 4-H Camp or participate in the community service project, bringing ideas back to your community.
  • Is it fair time? Consider showing in your county fair dairy show or the North Dakota State Fair.
  • Contact your county NDSU Extension office for other local workshops, activities and events.
  • Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Schedule a visit with North Dakota State University to explore those majors.
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