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.
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!
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
Phone: (517) 432-4306
MSU Department of Animal Science
July 28, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Animals exhibited at the county fair that will return to their home herds pose a significant biosecurity risk to the animals left at home. Follow these steps after the fair has ended to protect everyone.
July 13, 2017 | Katie Ockert | Biosecurity related to 4-H projects is a matter of high priority. Taking simple precautions will protect animals, members and consumers.
July 10, 2017 | Julie Thelen Conover | "Your 4-H Market Beef Project" resource offers tips and information for youth raising market cattle.
June 30, 2017 | Deb Barrett | Lesson featuring dairy teaches participants about jobs and careers in the natural resources and Agriscience career pathway.
June 21, 2017 | Janelle Stewart | Teens can take on important leadership roles when running livestock auctions.
June 6, 2017 | Michelle Neff | A basic understanding of showmanship, no matter what species of animal you are showing.
May 25, 2017 | Marianne Buza | Children and youth can learn the ins and outs of dairy cattle in a series of fun, hands-on workshops.
May 25, 2017 | Julie Thelen | With warmer temperatures, monitor 4-H cattle projects to prevent bloat, pinkeye and warts.
May 17, 2017 | Taylor Fabus | With minimal planning, you can easily include sportsmanship lessons into competitive events.
May 5, 2017 | Melissa Elischer | Learn about milk marketing, co-operatives and a different side of dairy through the 4-H/Michigan Milk Producers Association Milk Marketing Tour held June 27-28.
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 17, 2018 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688