The purpose of the dairy project is to be a learning experience while having fun and promoting dairy to the community. Focus is on the young peole and the skills they are gaining from their project experience, not the animals themselves.
The Junior Dairy Committee composed of seven youth who work with their adult advisor to provide leadership for educational opportunities for youth involved in the dairy project in Lincoln County. Membership for this committee is elected at the fall meeting.
2017 Lincoln County Dairy Opportunities:
Dairy Project members were sent a letter on May 3rd with information that we have been asked to distribute by the Jr. Dairy Committee about upcoming meetings and other information. A big thank you to the committee and advisors for all of their hard work!!!
Potential Dairy Exhibitor Informational Meeting – Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Level Assembly Room at the Lincoln County Service Center (801 N. Sales Street in Merrill – enter lower level/south entrance and follow the signs to the meeting room). Individuals who are considering exhibiting in the Jr. Dairy department and their parent/guardian are strongly encouraged to come.
We are having a pot luck at this meeting to help the youth get to know each other better. Please bring a dish to pass. The Jr. Dairy Committee will provide utensils and beverages.
Managerial project – Animals shown at the fair that are not owned by the exhibitor or in the exhibitor’s family name. In this case the exhibitors must complete the Managerial Project Agreement and turn in by June 15th in order to show these animals at the Lincoln County Fair. A copy of this managerial agreement is below.
Show Helpers – The Jr Dairy Committee is looking for individuals that can help as pooper scoopers, gate openers, and other things that come up during the show on Friday morning. Please contact a Jr. Dairy Committee member if you are able to help in this manner. There will be signup sheets at the meeting for duties.
Changes to Rules – The Jr. Dairy Committee will be highlighting changes to the rules for this year’s Jr. Dairy Show at the May 24th Informational Meeting.
Lincoln County Dairy Camp – The Jr. Dairy Committee will be holding this year’s dairy camp on June 3rd at 1 p.m. A flyer is below. Register by Monday, May 29th.
T-shirt order form – The committee will again have t-shirts available to order at a reasonable cost. The committee will have a sign up for ordering at the May 24th Informational meeting.
Veterinary Feed Directive Changes Beginning January 1st
Beginning January 1, 2017 medically important antibiotics in feed will no longer be available to use for growth promotion on any farm of any size. Medically important antibiotics are used by dairy, livestock, and poultry but are also important to human health. Under this new rule, called the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), you will need direct veterinary supervision if these antibiotics are used to prevent, treat, or control specific diseases. The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program FYI site, fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/vfd, has more information on the VFD rule and how it will affect youth producers.
State 4-H Dairy Project Information – This website contains information about state dairy opportunities and other helpful resources.