Objective is to develop talents and understanding of:
1. Dairy production practices.
2. Importance of cleanliness and sanitation in production of dairy products.
3. Nutritive value of milk and dairy products.
4. Contributions of science and its application to the dairy industry.
5. To provide educational experiences through training activities and wholesome competition.
GENERAL DAIRY RULES
1. Enrollment – All dairy animals (as recognized by Indiana State Fair) must be enrolled in the 4honline system by May 15st. Grade cattle are allowed to show as well as registered stock. All dairy (grade and registered) must have an RFID tag number assigned to animal and entered in the 4honline system and physically in ear at the 4-H fair check-in.
2. Enrollment is limited to two animals per class for county exhibit purpose but may only exhibit one animal per class at the county fair. Those members who wish to enroll a second animal in any class for state fair exhibition purposes should enter them on the 4honline system also by May 15th .
3. Registration - All animals must be registered or identified with a recognized breed association, and a certificate of registration or identification to the superintendent in charge of the dairy exhibits showing that the exhibitor owns the animal either entirely or in partnership (partnerships must list the given name of the exhibitor). Only animals under two (2) years of age may be leased. They must be in the possession of the member, the record started and the ownership established not later than April 30. Lease forms are due in Extension Office by May 15th .
4. 4-H member’s name must be on the certificate showing possession in order to exhibit at the county 4-H fair. Those animals enrolled in the county 4-H program by a current 4-H member may continue to show those animals enrolled prior to March without changing registration certificates into individual’s name.
5. Animal to compete in the three year old class and four year old and over class must have been owned by the exhibitor and enrolled in 4honline by the exhibitor before the cow was three years old.
6. A State Fair 4-H Dairy entry should be made online by June 1. All animals must meet the State Health Requirements and certificate must be shown to Superintendent if animal is coming from out of the state.
7. DAIRY COWS: All Dairy Cows will be checked in between 6:00pm and 10:00pm on the night before the show or until 2 hours prior to the show on the day of the show.
8. All exhibitors have to turn in a completed Livestock Records before exhibiting.
9. There are to be no feed or water pans left in the pens unattended
10. Heifers are not permitted to leave prior to the set release date & time.
Note: Once 4-H member has won in a class they may move up to the next class the same year.
1 st year: 4-Her must be 3rd grader in 4-H not just first year in project.
Junior: in 4th -7 th grades are eligible. Once a 4-Her has won Junior showmanship they are only eligible for senior or advanced showmanship.
Senior: 4-Hers in 8th -12th grades are eligible. Once a 4-Her has won senior showmanship they are only eligible for advanced showmanship.
Advanced: 4-Hers who have previously won senior showmanship. The advanced showmanship winner will represent Dairy in the Supreme Showmanship contest.