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DAIRY CATTLE

Dairy Leasing Guidelines

These leases are required to be in place 60 days prior to exhibition and go until the completion of the project, however, check with your Extension office to see if they 1) allow leasing of dairy animals OR 2) set an earlier date for the lease to be in place by (i.e., by enrollment deadline, etc).  These leases outline rules for both the lessee and lessor as well as asking for animal description.  There is also another sheet with additional lease ideas.  These lease agreements are required at minimum, however counties can add to them (i.e., vet contact info, transportation agreement, etc).

As a reminder:
Leasing MARKET animals for youth exhibition projects is NOT permitted under any circumstances.

Dairy Lease 12.20.21
Additional options to add to leases

Project and Record Keeping

OPINIONS WELCOME! Are you using the newly revised Dairy Cattle Project and Record Book? Let us know what you think with this short survey. COMING SOON! 

The Dairy Cattle Project and Record Book (127) supports 4-H members who are taking calf, yearling/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.

These online resources support your project experience this year:

Additional Dairy Cattle Activities

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.

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Information 

    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 Producers Association, odpa.org 
    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, OhioHolstein.com
    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
    Foremost Farms - For cooperative member-owners or children of member-owners - Due late February
    Ohio Farmers' Union - For children or grandchildren of OFU members - Due December 31
    National FFA Scholarships