Youth ages eight to18 interested in learning about the dairy industry will want to register for 4-H Dairy Cow Camp, scheduled for May 27-29.
"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. Several persons that work in the dairy industry will visit with campers about careers.
Participants at the 2015 cow camp will also get 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 are the culminations for the camp.
4-H Dairy Cow Camp is a cooperative program between University of Missouri Extension and a number of industry sponsors. Those sponsors include Robthom Dairy, 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, Missouri Junior Holstein Association, Land O'Lakes/Purina, John Underwood, Monsanto Company, FCS Financial and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
The registration brochure and health form for the camp may be found online athttp://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 contact the nearest county extension center.
Source: University of Missouri Extension