Got a teen in the house thinking about a future in the dairy business? Then they shouldn't miss Cornell's 4-H: Dairy Discovery workshop. The statewide program is for 14 - 19-year-olds and coincides with Spring Break.

The workshop is held at Cornell University March 30 and 31 and will feature several members of the faculty, industry experts, and professional producers. Students will rotate through several workstations over a day and a half of presentations with lots of hands-on experiences. And while this year's program has a theme, "Maximizing the Feed Management Program," there are sessions on several topics including:

  • Dairy Herd Health and Management
  • Calf and Heifer Production Management
  • Quality Milk and Milk Production
  • Whole Farm Management Planning
  • Maximizing the Feed Management Program

Because of the hands-on experience, the workshop has a limited number of openings available. The first 65 individuals to enroll by the deadline March 16. You'll also need a recommendation from a 4-H Agent, FFA Advisor or Club Leader. Jennifer Collins at the Herkimer County 4-H office can provide more information at 315-866-7920.

Cost of the class is $50 per student with a $15 fee for a chaperone. The fee includes all materials, dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday. If you're spending the night, several nearby hotels have reserved a block of rooms.  Get more details at the Dairy Workshop website.

SOURCE: Cornell Cooperative Extension