SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Youth ages 8-18 interested in learning about the dairy industry will want to register for 4-H Dairy Cow Camp, scheduled for May 24-26.
“This camp draws attention to the importance of farming and its important role in Missouri’s economy. It provides youth a hands-on opportunity to care for dairy animals and learn about many aspects of dairy production while learning life-skills at the same time,” said Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist.
Campers work in pairs under the direction of adults and take part in workshops to learn about judging dairy animals, dairy management, animal care ethics and showmanship. Persons working in the dairy industry visit with campers about careers in the dairy industry as well.
Participants at the 2017 cow camp will also be certified in the Show-Me Quality Assurance program. The primary goal of the program is to increase the knowledge and awareness of Missouri youth about food quality issues related to animal production.
A judging contest and showmanship competition provide the culmination for the camp.
4-H Dairy Cow Camp is a cooperative program between University of Missouri Extension and a number of industry sponsors, including Robthom Dairy in Springfield. Other sponsors include Dairy Farmers of America, Southwest Dairy Farmers, Sancrest Specialized Transport, MFA, Missouri Brown Swiss Association; Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Missouri Jersey Breeders Association, and Missouri Junior Holstein Association. Additional sponsors include Land O’Lakes/Purina, So-Mo, Inc., S & H Farm Supply, John Underwood, Robert and Janice Perry, D Bar J Livestock LLC, Paul Mueller Company, Monsanto Company, FCS Financial and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
The registration brochure and health form are at http://extension.missouri.edu/lawrence. For more information about cow camp, contact Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County Extension Center in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, or your local county extension center.
— Karla Deaver, University of Missouri Extension
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