Youth Dairy 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 website 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.

Dairy Judging Contest - Saturday, April 13, 2019  

T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton, SC

Check-in 11:30 a.m. and contest begins at 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline - April 6, 2019

Cost $10/contestant

Click here for rules and registration! (coming soon!!!)

Spring Dairy Show and Junior Dairy Weekend

April 11-14, 2019

T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton, SC

The 37th Annual Clemson University Spring Dairy Show and Junior Dairy Weekend will be held April 11-14, 2019 at the T Ed Garrison Livestock Arena.  The Clemson University Spring Dairy Show is usually held the during the month of April each year at Clemson University's T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena near Clemson, SC. Clemson University's Cooperative Extension Service organizes and coordinates 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. 

The deadline for sending entries is Friday March 22, 2019. NO FAXED ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. An entry fee of $15.00 per head must accompany the entry blank. Entries will be accepted on a first come basis, while barn space is available. Please make checks payable to Clemson University. A late entry fee of $25 per head will be charged for entries received after March 22, 2019 and no entries will be accepted if postmarked after April 3, 2019.

Schedule of Events (PDF 0.1MB)

Letter to the Exhibitors (PDF 0.5MB)

Information and Rules (PDF 0.1MB)

List of Classes (PDF 0.1MB)

Entry Form (PDF 0.3MB)

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

The 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. Applicant must be a high school student in grade 11 or 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 1, 2019 and mailed to: Tina Horn, 1860 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108. Entries will not be accepted after this date; no exceptions.

Scholarship Flyer

Scholarship Application Packet

Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat

Each summer a different southeastern state is asked to host a fun and educational 5 day program with opportunities to visit a wide variety of farms with some interesting 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! Click here for more information!

National 4-H Dairy Conference

This conference is open to 15-18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Diary Program for at least 3 years and who are currently enrolled in 4-H.

Information Coming Soon!

Record Books

SC 4-H Dairy Record Book- Cloverbud Division (Ages 5-8)

SC 4-H Dairy Record Book- Junior Division (Ages 9-13)

SC 4-H Dairy Record Book- Senior Division (Ages 14-18)

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 
South Carolina Dairy Association