Contact: Carla McLachlan, 517-432-5402
LANSING — Hundreds of young dairy enthusiasts from across the Great Lakes State will converge on the Michigan State University (MSU) livestock pavilion July 15-19 for the annual Michigan 4-H Dairy Days and 17th annual Michigan Dairy Expo. The largest annual dairy event in the state, Michigan Dairy Expo combines youth activities with purebred dairy breed show events.
Every year the expo showcases Michigan's dairy industry, encourages and promotes youth involvement, and provides continuing education opportunities. Michigan 4-H Dairy Days offers young people interested in the dairy industry opportunities to compete in several educational activities, including quiz bowls, management contests, cattle judging competitions and the Dairy Days youth show.
After exhibitors move their cattle in on Monday, activities begin with the 4-H dairy management contest. Tuesday morning a day of showmanship contests and breed shows begins at 7:30 a.m. At 6 p.m. the fifth annual Michigan Dairy and Livestock Expo Sale-abration auction takes place, in which champion animals and products will be auctioned off to raise money for scholarships and youth educational programming.
4-H members will compete in dairy cattle judging Wednesday, concurrent with the 16th annual Great Dairy Adventure consumer education event, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-oriented and volunteer-operated event is a popular destination for many summer children's programs. New this year will be a robotic milking unit; attendees can see and ask questions about the latest milking technology, already in use on nearly 30 Michigan dairies.
Thursday sees the 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl; Dairy Expo Celebration Picnic; Youth and 4‐H Recognition Program; Jersey and Holstein futurity events; and an ice cream social. Breed shows begin first thing Friday morning, followed by heifer and cow classes and the selection of the supreme champion heifer and cow.
All 4-H Dairy Days and Michigan Dairy Expo events are free of charge and take place at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane in East Lansing. Visit www.midairyyouth.ans.msu.edu for more information, or contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402.