2021 4-H Madison Dairy Project

— Written By Rebecca Bradley
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Interested in learning more about livestock? Join us for the 4-H Madison Dairy Project to learn more about dairy calves. This project will allow youth to get hands on experience with gentle calves while learning about their life cycle, animal care, the dairy industry, and preparing for a show. Children ages 8-18 are able to participate in the project. There are only SIX spots available, so please sign up ASAP. Registration will close August 2nd.

This free project is sponsored a local Madison County farmer, Matthew Cody with Lyndel Farms. Each calf is approximately 4-5 months old and will be halter broken at the end of this project. The calves will be housed behind the animal shelter in Marshall, so no barn, pasture, or facilities at home will be required.

Twice a week we will visit the calves to practice. A care schedule will be made for each child to take a turn caring for the calves on non-practice days. Each calf will be assigned two children to work with it, so encourage a friend to sign up with you!

The two practice days are Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Thursday 3:30-5:00 p.m beginning on August 10th and ending on October 9th.

Practice Schedule Dates:

August 10 – Mandatory for participant and parent/guardian

August 12

August 17

August 19

August 24

August 26

August 31

September  2

September 7

September 9

September 14

September 16

September 21

September 23

September 28

September 30

October 5

October 7

October 9 – MANDATORY – Show Day!

The goal of this project is for each child to participate in showmanship with their calf on Saturday October 9, 2021. Attendance on this date is mandatory.

Participants and parents/guardians are also required to attend the first practice August 10th.

Children are expected to attend practices in appropriate clothing such as work jeans and boots/tennis shoes. There will be muddy days along with the sunny and hot days, so please plan accordingly. This is NOT an easy project, but it is incredibly rewarding to watch a child lead their calf through the show ring all by themselves after just 9 short weeks.

Our goal is to create a confident child who can do all these things themselves. If you do not have annual 4-H enrollment forms on file at the Madison Extension office, you will also be asked to complete those online for insurance purposes. For more information and to sign up please call Rebecca Bradley at 828-649-2411 or email at rebecca_bradley@ncsu.edu