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4-H clover 4-H Dairy Project

What you'll do

Explore the dairy industry, from raising a cow, to dairy science and ethics, to manufacturing and marketing dairy products. Cows may be owned or leased. 


  • Breeds
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Anatomy
  • Desirable traits
  • Stages of calving and care
  • Grooming and showing

4-H dairy events year round

six youth grilling
4-H'ers learn about the importance of quality in meat products from birth to plate.
4 girls hold beef cattle in a line
Learn from area experts and other youth how to better take care of and show your project animal.
girls studying
Teams of 3-6 youth compete on their knowledge of dairy cattle, dogs, general livestock, horses, lamas, poultry, rabbits and wildlife.
youth writing on paper
Learn about the animal industry from experts. This is a Minnesota State Fair event.

"Recognizing the involvement, dedication, and passion of Minnesota's dairy youth."

youth dairy judging contest
Learn the art and science of judging breeding and market animals.
youth observing cattle
LQA training helps youth provide excellent care for their food animals and a high level of food safety to consumers.

Levels of learning


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Fairs and exhibits


Future study

You could study agriculture at the University of Minnesota


Marcia Woeste, Extension educator, woest001@umn.edu, 218-828-2386

Reviewed in 2020

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