The 2016 Springtime Youth Calf Sale will be held March 19th at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA.
Cougar Youth Weekend is an educational, weekend long event for youth 8 to 18 years of age with an interest in aspects of the dairy industry, showing, and judging. These students are typically in clubs such as FFA and 4-H and have an interest in dairy and dairy cattle. The weekend begins with a tour of a WSU facility where participants meet with WSU Dairy Club members that will guide them throughout the weekend. Saturday and Sunday activities are hosted at the WSU Knott Dairy Center. After a tour, university students and professors present hands on workshops that cover topics such as mastitis, nutrition, and reproduction. Saturday afternoon, the participants are either paired with heifer calves or take part in a judging workshop. Those who choose the showmanship category will prepare their heifers for a mock showmanship contest on Sunday with the guidance of WSU Dairy Club members and professionals. The participants that choose the judging track will focus on visual appraisal of dairy cattle and oral reasons for a number of university animals. Sunday, the participants receive feedback for their demonstration of skill in the showing or judging competition so that they can continue to improve after the weekend ends. This weekend provides an opportunity for youth and their parents to learn more and build relationships within the dairy industry.
The purpose of the Evergreen Junior Dairy Show is to promote and educate the public about the dairy industry. It also serves as a spring show for all 4-H and FFA members.
The show is open to all 4-H and FFA youth who wish to participate in several fun activities including demonstrations, a poster contest, and showmanship and type contests.