Cowabunga

Grades 3-5

In Cowabunga, youth explore dairy cattle breeds, select calves, identify body parts, recognize desirable traits, pack a show box, groom and show a calf and identify stages of calving and care.

Youth will learn many things, including how to:

  • Learn the breeds of dairy cattle
  • Explore the milk production systems
  • Demonstrate dairy showmanship techniques
  • Explain the difference between a calf and cow digestive tracts

Chapter 1: Selection and Judging

You Be The Judge

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Resources

Moo Milk

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Dairy Cattle Judging

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All About Dairy Cows

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Read to Feed

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Mooving Ahead

Grades 6-8

In Mooving Ahead, youth learn about judging, identifying, ethical decision making, keeping animals healthy, parasites, behavior, housing, hay quality, milking, food safety and careers are featured.

Youth will learn many things, including how to: 

  • Judge a class of cows and present reasons
  • Discuss ethical situations
  • Describe signs of health and illness in dairy animals
  • Analyze dairy cattle behavior
  • Demonstrate proper milking procedures

Chapter 1: Judging, Identification and Ethics

Identifying Your Calf

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Interactive Livestock Identification Games

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Ethics in the Show Ring

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Chapter 2: Animal Health

Veterinary Medicine Extension Dairy Cattle Fact Sheets and Information

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Rising to the Top

Grades 9-12

In Rising to the Top, advanced youth practice body condition scoring, selecting through records, mastitis detection, balancing a ration, pregnancy detection, delivery of calf, promoting dairy products and exploring career opportunities.

Youth will learn many things, including how to: 

  • Identify parts of the DHI record
  • Debate animal welfare issues
  • Inspect a dairy for quality indicators
  • Detect heat in dairy cattle
  • Demonstrate how to deliver a calf

Chapter 1: Selection and Management

USDA Animal Improvement Programs

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Chapter 2: Health and Feeding

Balancing a Dairy Ration

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Why Can Cows Eat Grass

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Helper's Guide

A young person has asked you to be his/her dairy project helper. You are in a great position to help youth develop in positive ways as they learn about the dairy project and themselves. You can nurture and cultivate their interest in this project by guiding their planning, helping them carry out their projects and recognizing them for a job well done.

Your Role:

  • Become familiar with the material in each activity guide and the Dairy Helper’s Guide
  • Support youth in their efforts to set goals and complete each Achievement Program
  • Discuss, date and initial the activities of the Dairy Achievement Programs as youth complete them
  • Help youth to know themselves, including their strengths and weaknesses
  • Encourage the use of the experiential learning model

Completion Certificates

Cowabunga

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Mooving Ahead

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Rising to the Top

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Chapter 1: Dairy Word Games

Dairy Quiz Bowl Time Activity

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4‑H Quiz Bowl Questions

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Resources

Holstein Foundation

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Nebraska 4‑H Cyber Fair

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Dairy Calf 4‑H Leaders Resouce Manual

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Dairy Youth Recommended Resources

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