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4-H Youth Development

Dairy Cattle

Got milk? The dairy project is for youth wanting to learn more about caring, raising and managing dairy animals. 4-H members usually start with a heifer calf or yearling heifer learning how to select, lead and show. 4-H members with mature cows learn about feeding and milk production.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Age 7-9

  • Identify the six breeds of dairy cattle
  • Identify the body parts of a cox
  • Select and raise a diary calf

Age 10-13

  • Judge a class of diary cows
  • Discuss animal health issues
  • Identify safe practices for handling milk and milk products

Age 14 and Older

  • Evaluate the body condition of dairy animals
  • Learn about animal welfare issues
  • Determine the nutritional quality of dairy feed
  • Explore career options in the dairy industry

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

Dairy Bucket Calf (DC100)

Dairy Heifer (DC200)

Dairy Cow (DC300)

Project Leader Resources

General Dairy Cattle Resources

Additional Resources - Veterinary Science

Events and Activities

Kansas All Breeds Jr. Dairy Show
When: August
Where: Salina, KS
Donor: Co-sponsored by Salina Chamber of Commerce

Kansas 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest
When: August
Where: Salina, KS

Kansas 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl
When: August
Where: Salina, KS
Donor: Kansas Dairy Association
Award: Trip to the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, KY

Awards and Recognition

*Includes both Dairy Cattle and Dairy Goats

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

Career Connections