2023 Michigan Dairy Expo and Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days

July 17, 2023 - July 21, 2023

4301 Farm Ln, Lansing, MI 48910

Contact: Melissa Elischer

Join 4-H members from around Michigan July 17-21, 2023 at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education for Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days!  Dairy Days is part of Michigan Dairy Expo, a celebration of dairy farmers and dairy cattle in the Great Lake State.  

During the week there are breed shows and showmanship contests for 4-H youth as well as open shows for dairy enthusiasts of all ages.  In addition to cattle events, there are three additional contests young people may participate in: Dairy Management/Skillathon Contest, Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, and Dairy Quiz Bowl.  Complete entry information can be found in the book at the Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days Entry Information page.

2023 Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days Schedule

Monday, July 17  

Cattle move-in begins. Dairy Days exhibitors must have cattle in place by Monday at 5:00 p.m

NO early arrival allowed.

6:00pm Cattle exhibiting in Michigan Dairy Days Youth Show must be checked in to the show office before 6:00 p.m. 

Dairy Youth Pizza Social - all Dairy Days participants are invited (Show Arena - Bleacher Area)

Tuesday, July 18  
8:00am Michigan Dairy Days 4-H Youth Show (beginning with Showmanship)
3:00pm 4-H Dairy Days Management Contest Coaches Meeting (Classroom A)
4:00pm 4-H Dairy Days Management Contest (Classrooms)
5:00pm All final Quiz Bowl teams must be submitted in writing to the show office.  If no changes are submitted, teams will be those listed on the original entry form.
8:30pm State Dairy Cattle Judging Contest Coaches Meeting (Classroom B; shirt distribution for youth participants)
Wednesday, July 19  
7:45am-3:00pm State Youth Dairy Judging Contest

Open Show Cattle - Breed Association Entry Check-in (Classroom C)

Cattle exhibiting in the Open Breed Shows must check their registration papers by 3:00pm

3:00pm Close of ALL Open Show Entries
6:00pm All-Michigan Open Show Exhibitors Meeting by Golden Ticket Display
6:30pm MJHA Annual Meeting followed by Adult Showmanship Contest and Party Barn (including games and fun for youth!)
7:00pm Quiz Bowl Brackets for Novice and Junior divisions will be posted by the arena
Thursday, July 20  
7:30am Dairy Youth Quiz Bowl Coaches Meeting
8:30am Dairy Youth Quiz Bowl Contest
4:00pm MICHIGAN DAIRY EXPO: Pee-wee Showmanship
5:30pm Michigan Dairy Expo Celebration Picnic followed by Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days Youth Recognition Program
8:00pm Ice Cream Social celebrating Michigan's dairy industry
Friday, July 21  


All breeds show together, three age divisions


MICHIGAN DAIRY EXPO: Milking and Dry Cow Classes

The breed with the largest number of entries will start and complete their show first

~12:00pm Golden Ticket Raffle and Selection


Event Location

Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI 48910

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