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DAIRY CATTLE

Leasing Guidelines and Sample

Ohio Dairy Lease Agreement
Leasing Guidelines
Other Dairy Lease Agreement examples 

Project and Record Keeping

The Dairy Cattle Project and Record Book (127) supports 4-H members who are taking calf, heifer, and cow projects. The Dairy Resource Handbook (127R) is a required supplement for all dairy projects. Both books are available through local OSU Extension offices and online at extensionpubs.osu.edu. Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices.

THE ONLINE CONTENT HERE IS IN PROGRESS.

These online resources support your project experience this year:

  • 2022 Dairy Focus Questions (required)
  • Quality Assurance Quiz (required)
  • Learning Activity Ideas (if needed)
  • Extra pages from the Dairy Project and Record Book (if needed)
    • Project Animal Profile
    • My Animal's Pen
    • Growth Record
    • Treatment Record
    • Breeding Record
    • Milk Production Record
    • Showring Readiness

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Important Information

On January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production must be implemented. The agency’s effort is aimed at eliminating the use of medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production and bringing therapeutic use in feed and water – to treat, control or prevent spe­cific disease – under additional veterinary oversight. Producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers will all face new requirements. This affects everyone (including 4-H members as youth producers) keeping, owning, and/or raising food-producing animals. 

Please be aware that anything you may hear about the possibility of 4-H advisors being able to get a VFD for all of their club members is not accurate. Ohio 4-H members (parents/guardians) are the owners/caretakers of their livestock projects and will need to obtain any VFD they might need to properly care for their food-producing animals. To write a VFD, veterinarians must personally see the 4-H members’ animals, become acquainted with their care, and have done so recently enough (within the last six months) that they can make medical judgements. Veterinarians should not write a VFD for an entire club.

It is very important that 4-H members and their families establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) prior to January 1, 2017. Click on the link below to download the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families, important to read and understand when taking Ohio 4-H food-producing animal projects, even if they are not intended for food production.

Ohio State Fair Resources

Other Resources

  • The National 4-H dairy project books provide good information and a variety of content in three separate books.
  • The Dairy Learning Lab Kit is an invaluable resource for learning about dairy animals during club activities and skillathons.
  • The Holstein Foundation produces educational workbooks, including Dairy Judging and Showring Ready, avialable for free download.  

Showmanship Information

Judging

Follow the links below for different resources to help with dairy judging practices and skills.

 

Judging Clinic Powerpoint 2017 (uses the class above)

DAIRY BEEF FEEDER

Project and Record Keeping

Project Guidelines
Worksheet and Lesson Plan

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Photos and News Releases for Past Events

2016 Ohio 4-H Dairy Year End Report
2014 DairyPalooza News Release
2014 Ohio Dairy Judging Contest News Release
2013 4-H Dairy Judging News Release
2012 4-H Team News Release
2012 Ohio 4-H and OSU Dairy Judging Teams News Release
2012 Dairy Palooza News Release
2012 Ohio 4-H Dairy Judging Contest News Release
2011 Ohio 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Photos
2011 Dairy Palooza Photos
2010 National Dairy Quiz Bowl News Release and Photos
2010 NAILE 4H Dairy Judging Contest News Release
2010 NAILE Dairy Judging Contest Photos
2010 Dairy Skillathon Photos
2010 Goat Skillathon Photos
2010 Ohio Dairy Quiz Bowl and Jeopardy Photos

Dairy Breed Associations

Ohio Dairy Farmers, ohiodairyfarmers.com
Holstein Association USA, holsteinusa.com
American Jersey Cattle Association, usjersey.com
The American Guernsey Association, usguernsey.com
Ayrshire Breeders Association, usayrshire.com
American Milking Shorthorn Society, milkingshorthorn.com
Red and White Dairy Cattle Association, redandwhitecattle.com
Brown Swiss Association, brownswissusa.com
Ohio Holstein Association, holsteinworld.com/OhioHolstein
Holstein Foundation, holsteinfoundation.org

News and Publications

Hoard's Dairyman, hoards.com
Dairy Herd Management, dairyherd.com
Dairy.com, dairy.com
Farm and Dairy, farmanddairy.com
Ohio's Country Journal, ocj.com
Holstein World, holsteinworld.com
All-Breed Access, allbreedaccess.com
Ohio Ag Connection, ohioagconnection.com
Dairy Agenda Today, dairyagendatoday.com

Government Organizations

Agricultural Marketing Service, ams.usda.gov
United States Department of Agriculture, usda.gov
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, aphis.usda.gov
National Dairy Herd Improvement Association, dhia.org
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, ofbf.org
Ohio Department of Agriculture, ohioagriculture.gov
Ohio Livestock Coalition, ohiolivestock.org
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, ohiolivestockcarestandardsboard.gov
LivestockCareStandards, agri.ohio.gov/livestockcarectandards
Ohio Animal Identification, ohioanimalid.com
Ohio Livestock Environmental Assurance Program, ohleap.com

Scholarships

Complete Scholarship_list, Hoard's Youth Corner
National Dairy Promotion and Research Board - For college students - Due May 31
National Dairy Shrine - Various scholarships - Due March 15
Agriliance - For high school seniors - Due March 1
Foremost Farms - For cooperative member-owners or children of member-owners - Due late February
National DHIA - For high school seniors and continuing college students - Due November 30
Ohio Farmers' Union - For children or grandchildren of OFU members - Due December 31
National FFA Scholarships
Top Producer, Farm Business Guide | Agweb
http://www.agweb.com/topproducer/ag_scholarships.aspx