Youth Dairy Heifer Cattle Program

Dairy Heifer Project

Any 4-H or FFA member, age 9-17, can raise and show a registered dairy heifer for 18 months in the South Carolina Dairy Heifer Project. Applications are usually available in December and are due around February. See the  Dairy Heifer Project page for more information. 

State 4-H Dairy Judging

The Dairy Evaluation contest is a state-level contest for 4-H members that helps students develop skills in dairy cattle selection and herd management. Participating in Dairy Judging provides an excellent opportunity for youth to not only increase their knowledge of evaluating dairy cattle but to also develop and hone valuable communication skills that will be useful for a lifetime.

2023 Dairy Judging Contest
Friday, March 24, 2023
T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton, SC

SC 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Rules and Regulations

Spring Dairy Show and Junior Dairy Weekend

The Clemson University Spring Dairy Show will be March 24-27, 2022, at Clemson University's T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena near Clemson, SC. Clemson University's Cooperative Extension Service organizes this weekend of dairy cattle activities for 4-H/FFA members and their families. In addition to the great camaraderie, there are many opportunities for junior cattlemen to win college scholarships, belt buckles, and awards. Some of the events include Dairy Judging, Showmanship Contest, Breed Shows, Youth Heifer Sale, and Dairy Heifer Project Kick-off.

Spring Diary Show Entry Form

Spring Dairy Show Rules and Regulations

Schedule for Spring Dairy Show

Order of Classes Form

Coca-Cola & T. Ed Garrison Arena Dairy Youth Scholarship

Coca-Cola & T. Ed. Garrison Scholarship Contest is open to youth from South Carolina participating in the Clemson Spring Dairy Show. Applicant must be an exhibitor at the Clemson Spring Dairy Show the year of application and compete in SENIOR showmanship. The applicant must be a high school student in grade 11/12 or enrolled in a four-year college or technical school. The scholarship will be paid directly to the Technical School, College, or University of the individual’s choice and only after classes have commenced during the first year of said individual’s study.

Scholarships will be awarded to the highest-scoring individuals in the Scholarship Contest categories listed below.

  • Application Cover Letter
  • Interview
  • Essay
  • Showmanship Class Placing
  • Resume

(Rest of scholarship section not updated...stay tuned!!!) The application cover letter, resume, and essay must be postmarked by Monday, April 13, 2020, and mailed to Tina Horn, 1860 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108. Entries will not be accepted after this date; no exceptions.

Scholarship Application Packet

SC 4-H Dairy Foods Contest

The purpose of this program is to train the individual to judge those dairy products by appearances, textures, quality, and flavors that reflect some production, processing, or handling condition which has influenced the quality of the finished dairy product. On the other hand, these same characteristics can prove quite helpful in the identification of various cheeses and the evaluation of their respective quality, as well as real dairy versus non-dairy substitutes.

Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat

The Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat is a week-long camp for youth 9 to 19 years of age, along with parents and dairy youth program volunteers. It is held each year in one of the seven participating states (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky), the retreat is a fun, educational, and social event that the youth look forward to attending. Focusing on a variety of dairy topics, the trip provides the youth with the opportunity to build teamwork skills, gain a broader understanding of the dairy industry, and form lasting friendships with youth from different states. Workshops about dairy cattle reproduction, dairy cattle nutrition, milk marketing, dairy product processing, calf care, dairy judging, farm and equipment safety, and dairy product nutrition are taught by dairy industry professionals and university professors from the host states.

Each summer, a different southeastern state is asked to host a fun and educational 5-day program with opportunities to visit various farms with some exciting stops along the way. This youth dairy retreat is a great way to broaden your experience with the dairy industry and make some new friends along the way!

National 4-H Dairy Conference

This conference is open to 15-18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Dairy Program for at least three years and are currently enrolled in 4-H.

Information Coming Soon!

Record Books

Dairy Yearling Record Book Senior (Ages 14-18)

Dairy Yearling Record Book Junior (Ages 9-13)

Dairy Yearling Heifer Record Book Cloverbud (Ages 5-8)

Dairy Calf Record Book Senior (Ages 14-18)

Dairy Calf Record Book Junior (Ages 9-13)

Dairy Calf Record Book Cloverbud (Ages 5-8)

Curriculum Resources

National 4-H Curriculum: Dairy Cattle
Oklahoma State University: Breeds of Dairy Cattle

Dairy Related Scholarships

Hoard’s Dairyman Scholarships
South Carolina State Fair Dairy Scholarships
National Dairy Shrine Scholarships
National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) Scholarship


American Guernsey Association
American Jersey Cattle Association
Hoard’s Dairyman
Holstein Association USA
Holstein Foundation
National Dairy Herd Information Association