Our program started in 2011 when a group of 4-H dairy advisors from Northeast Ohio decided that we needed more than just contests and workshops for 4-H dairy youth. They created an all-day event that had a few interactive, hands-on sessions on topics like fitting, nutrition, and showmanship. They had no idea how successful the event would become.
Fast forward to 2018. DairyPalooza Northeast has been held in three different counties and expanded from 60 participants to over 300. DairyPalooza West was created and hosted for 2016 and 2017 and reached youth in the western part of the state. (DairyPalooza West has been discontinued in 2018, but we encourage you to attend DairyPalooza Northeast!)
DairyPalooza starts with state-certified Quality Assurance for youth, specialized advanced sessions for adults, and a whole day of programming for Cloverbuds. In the afternoon, sessions on reproduction, dairy marketing, calf and cow nutrition and moregive youth the opportunity to pick what interests them most and learn something new. Old favorites like fitting and showing are still offered to give participants the chance to enhance their skills.
Want to spread the word about DairyPalooza? Download our informational flier to pass out at your next 4-H meeting, dairy committee meeting, or to give to your extension agent!