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Diary Cattle Project Resources

National Curriculum

National Curriculum offers three books to be developmentally appropriate for grades 3-12. There is also a book for helpers of dairy project youth.

WSU Publications

WSU Publications offers a number of publications on a variety of dairy cattle topics.

4-H Animal Science Learning Modules

Disease Prevention is designed  specifically for 4-H volunteer leaders who work with livestock projects.  This module is one of two modules brought to you by Veterinary Medicine Extension. This training module teaches you bio-security practices and how they can be used to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading diseases while raising 4-H livestock. It is a great way to learn disease prevention while providing you with inspiration and teaching ideas so you can bring these concepts to youth in your county.

Youth Livestock Life Skills shows how youth learn life skills in a 4-H livestock project by focusing on decision making, goal setting, time management, leadership, and responsibility and commitment that can lead youth to college and successful careers. Presented by Janet Schmidt, WSU Whitman County, Extension County Director and 4-H Youth Educator.

Youth Livestock Health Record teaches volunteers and youth the value and procedures for completed the 4-H Animal Health Record and the need to document COOL and residue compliance. Presented by Sarah Smith, WSU Grant-Adams County Extension Animal Scientist.

Educational Resources

What is the Purpose of a 4-H Livestock Project? (WSU)

Youth Producers Resources (WSU)

Bio-security Activities (WSU):
“What Goes Around, Comes Around”
Charades Activity
Checklist for Livestock Exhibitors

Quality Assurance Activities (WSU):
“Making it Personal”
“Roles in the Chain”
Trust Activity
Beginner Activity
Skit Activity
“Would you Eat This?”

Ag 101 provides a brief overview of American agriculture, with a section specifically on Dairy Production.

Livestock E-Quiz – This website was created by the University of Illinois Extension to help you learn more about beef, dairy, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, forage, and meats.

Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings provides recommendations for those concerned with minimizing the risks associated with animals in public settings.

Learning about Judging is an overview of the judging process.

Other Resources

Online Dairy Judging Practice (University of Vermont) – Online dairy judging practice. Contains two different classes to judge with official reasons being offered when you are done.

Hoard’s Dairyman Resources – Multiple resources including a body conditional scorecard, calf care, fitting and showing resources, etc.
Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Corner

Holstein Foundation Education Workbooks – A series of nine workbooks designed to provide basic knowledge in a wide range of topics relating to the dairy industry. They are ideal for use by all ages, from junior dairy project member to a coach or leader seeking reference materials, and are downloadable files, free of charge.

Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings – 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Malignant Catarrhal Fever Factsheet

Foot and Mouth Disease Information: – Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral infection of cloven-hoofed animals (both wild and domestic). The following documents include information about FMD from the University of California Veterinary Medicine Extension.
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