Dairy Cattle

dairy cowsLearn about feeding, nutrition, and dairy cattle management, and the principles of producing quality milk and milking procedures. Develop a record-keeping system for milk production, health, and feeding. Develop integrity, sportsmanship, decision-making capabilities, and public speaking skills by participation in demonstrations, tours, and exhibits.

For Dairy Cattle, care for one or more dairy cattle for at least 90 days before exhibiting at the county fair.

In a Non-Animal Dairy Cattle project, you can benefit from many aspects of a large animal project without actually owning the animal.

Project Requirements
  • Dairy Cattle | pdf
  • Non-Animal Dairy Cattle | pdf |
Some counties may have additional requirements. Contact your 4-H leader or county extension office to learn more.

Member Materials
  • 4-H Animal Project Record Book | doc pdf
  • 4-H Involvement Report | docpdf |
  • 4-H Permanent Individual Animal Record for each project animal | doc pdf |
  • 4-H Project Record Book for Non Animal project | doc | pdf |

Optional Supporting Materials
  • Cowabunga!, Book 1* 
  • Moving Ahead, Book 2* 
  • Rising to the Top, Book 3*
  • Dairy Cattle Helper’s Guide* 
  • Dairy Heifer Growth Chart*
  • Monitoring Dairy Heifer Growth, Penn State
  • Dairy Resource Handbook—Ohio*

*Available through your county extension office.