Dairy Youth Program Updates

Ms. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Judging Teams Coach and Extension Youth Specialist, The Ohio State University

The 2014 edition of the Ohio State Fair was a success when we think of youth activities.  It was a wonderful moment to see so many dairy kids represented at the Sale of Champions.  There were also two dairy judging clinics with over 40 individuals attending each. It also is good to point out that our dairy skillathon was one of the larger ones with just about 130 participants. Results for these events are located at: www.4hansci.osu.edu/dairy.

OSU dairy judging prospects also capably managed the parlor, the Milk-A-Cow activity, the birthing area, and the baby calf display. Each provided excellent educational experiences beyond the traditional classroom. Television stations stopped by often to conduct interviews.

As I write this brief article, there are 45 of us on a charter bus headed to the Maryland State Fair for our annual dairy judging boot camp trip.