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Dairy Cattle 4-H Project Area

The 4-H Dairy Cattle project area consists of three project manuals. Each manual covers three years of activities.

Four 4-H Dairy Cattle Project Manuals from Shop4H
  • Cowabunga! (Dairy 1)  explores breeds, selecting calves, body parts, desirable traits, packing a show box, grooming and showing a calf, and identifying stages of calving and care.

  • Mooving Ahead (Dairy 2)  features judging, identifying, ethical decision-making, keeping animals healthy, parasites, behavior, housing, hay quality, milking, food safety and careers.

  • In Rising to the Top (Dairy 3) , you will practice body condition scoring, select through records, detect mastitis, balance a ration, detect pregnancy, deliver a calf, promote dairy products and explore career opportunities.

If a member completes the 9 years of project manuals, they can work with their county Extension professionals to determine their learning opportunities for their remaining 4-H years.

Scoresheets

Each year, 4-H members should complete 7 activities in the project manual as well as the planning pages at the beginning of the manual.

There are not separate documents with the scoresheets for beef cattle project series.  Scoresheets can be located inside the Record Guides on page 2.

Record Guides

Youth who has selected a Dairy Cattle 4-H project typically are raising an animal as part of their project work.  A project record guide is part of the animal science project experience.  If you enroll with an animal, you will need to select the Breeding Livestock Record Guide (4-H Dairy Cattle) to accompany this project. Record guides are available in both a print and electronic format.

Paper Record Guides

Breeding Livestock Record Guides (ages based on Jan 1st of current 4-H year) Supplemental Sheet for the Breeding Livestock Record Guides

For most species, the supplement records are lifetime production records, so the 4-H member updates these each year that an animal is a part of their project. Members will need to complete a supplement sheet for each animal included in their record guide. These supplement records will be available online only.

Electronic Record Guides

Complete electronic record guides in 4-H ZSuite

Dairy-less Dairy Cattle Project

If you enroll in this project area without an animal, check with your local Extension professional for approval and guidelines.

Exhibit Ideas

  • Most youth in this project area will exhibit an animal at a livestock show.
  • Poster, Story, and/or Model on one of the following topics: 

    • Dairy Cattle 1 - identifying breeds, selecting calves, anatomy, desirable traits, packing a show box, grooming and showing a calf, and identifying stages of calving and care.

    • Dairy Cattle 2 - judging, ethical decision-making, keeping animals healthy, parasites, behavior, housing, hay quality, milking, food safety and careers. 
    • Dairy Cattle 3 - body condition scoring, mastitis detection, ration balancing, pregnancy detection, how to deliver a calf, dairy product promotion, and career opportunities.

How Do I Sign Up?

Screenshot of 4-H ZSuite enrollment page to select project

The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

Enroll in 4-H ZSuite

When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.


For Dairy Cattle, you should search for:

  • RECORD GUIDE - BREEDING LIVESTOCK / DAIRY CATTLE YEAR 1 - COWABUNGA!

    Project Videos

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    Related Events & Camps

    Animal Health & Quality Assurance (AH&QA)

    Youth exhibitors required to complete the online quality assurance training must do so starting April 1st and no later than June 30th in order to exhibit at any fair, festival or show taking place the remainder of that calendar year in West Virginia.


    College & Career Pathways

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    Pre-Veterinary

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program

    The bachelor of science program in Animal and Nutritional Sciences, is designed to provide students with the academic requirements for entry into professional schools or colleges of veterinary medicine.

    Careers

    • Veterinarian
    • Medical Doctor
    • Dentist
    • Medical research
    Pre-Veterinary Major Information
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    Animal & Nutritional Sciences

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program (Animal Science)

    So, you love animals but don’t want to be a veterinarian. The bachelor of science in agriculture in animal and nutritional sciences is for you. 

    Careers

    • Agricultural production
    • Agribusiness Management
    • Animal and food science sales
    • Research and development
    • Animal pharmaceutical sales
    Animal & Nutrition Sciences Major Information
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    Agricultural & Extension Education

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program

    Agriculture remains an important component of educational programs across the U.S., and the Davis College prepares students for a variety of careers in the field.

    Careers

    • Agriculture teaching
    • Extension agent
    • Production and technical agriculture teaching
    • Professional employment in government, industry or entrepreneurship
    Agricultural & Extension Education Major Information
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    Agribusiness Management

    WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

    WVU Potomac State College - 2 year program

    The general agricultural economics area or concentration provides a basic background for a variety of careers related to agriculture.

    Careers

    • Agricultural business manager
    • Farm loan officer
    • Purchasing agent
    • Grain merchandiser
    • Agricultural marketing specialist
    • Government inspector
    • Farm equipment sales/service rep
    • Commodity broker
    • Financial consultant
    • Credit loan officer
    • Agricultural chemical sales
    • Dairy plant manager
    Agribusiness Management major Information
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    Potomac State College

    Veterinary Medicine
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    Animal Science

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