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4-H Dairy Judging Practice Sessions

Who can attend? Any 4-H member and their parent, grandparent, leader, etc. You don’t have to own dairy cattle to participate in dairy judging. Please NOTE: Cloverbud members 5-7 years old (as of January 1st) who are interested in learning how to dairy judge may participate only if they are accompanied the entire time by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old.

Where are dairy judging practices held? Practices are held in barns at different farms around the county (dress warm and wear appropriate foot wear because you will be in the barn or at times outside depending on the weather!)

When? Schedule to be announced. There possibly will be a county dairy judging tour in the spring. There will be some judging trips throughout the summer including the Finger Lakes District Dairy Judging Contest at Alfred State College and the Allegany County Fair Dairy Judging Contest. There will be a dairy judging contest at the Steuben County Fair. 4-H members who are selected can represent Steuben County at NYS Fair Dairy Judging Contest.

Why should I attend? It will help you understand what to look for what choosing your show animal. It will also help you understand why the judge places your animal the way he/she does at county fair or any other dairy show.

If you are interested in participating in dairy judging and have not done so already please contact please contact Michelle at 607-664-2300 

4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

The primary objective of 4-H Dairy Bowl Contests is to provide an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge of dairy related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. You don’t have to own dairy cattle to participate in dairy quiz bowl. It is also hoped that these contest will prove to be an educational experience for both participants and spectators. The Dairy Bowl Program is designed to encourage youth to increase their dairy knowledge through study and preparation for the contest. Youth learn life skills as they prepare for contests - critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, communication skills, listening skills, speaking skills and independent thinking. They experience the value of teamwork, character building, and goal setting. Youth gain knowledge in dairy nutrition, milk quality, herd health, breeding and genetics, marketing, dairy foods, calf raising and all cattle breeds.

Age of contestants is as of January 1st:

Beginner: 8-10 years old

Junior: 9 - 13 years old

Senior: 14- 18 years old.

Dairy Quiz Bowl practices and locations will be announced. If you are interested in participating in dairy quiz bowl and have not done so already please contact Michelle at 607-664-2300 


Michelle Chase
4-H Program Educator

Last updated March 30, 2022