4-H livestock projects, including dairy, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

Curious how much milk the average dairy cow produces each day?

Dairying has come a long way since every family had a cow or two! If you want to be part of the dairy industry of the future, you have to prepare yourself for all phases of dairy technology. In a 4-H dairy cattle project, you’ll explore the technology related to the production, manufacturing and marketing of dairy products, and learn about scientific dairy research and related agribusinesses.

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Agriculture is a big player in Michigan’s economy and future prosperity—and dairy is an important part of agriculture. Working on 4-H dairy projects could do more than get you a ribbon at the county fair. It could give you a start on a great career!

Contact

For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or,

Melissa Elischer, 4-H Dairy Educator
Email: elischer@anr.msu.edu
Phone: (517) 432-4306

MSU Department of Animal Science
Web: http://www.ans.msu.edu/

News

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    Good times, happy cows

    Published on July 8, 2019

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  • A picture of dairy cows looking at the camera

    Forage short? Cull some eaters!

    Published on June 28, 2019

    Winter kill of alfalfa and excessive wetness at the time for planting and first cutting means that some farms will decrease forage supplies this year. It is important to make changes now rather than waiting until supplies run critically low.

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