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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. Click the link above to access information for current, future, and past project members!

State 4-H/FFA Dairy Contests 

The Dairy Evaluation contest is a state level contest for 4-H and FFA members that helps students develop skills in dairy cattle selection and herd management.

The Milk Quality & Products contest is a state level contest for 4-H and FFA members that prepares youth to identify and/or judge dairy products based on quality, flavor, texture, and appearance which indicate production, processing, and handling conditions that can influence the overall quality of a finished dairy product.

Contest Handbook
2015 Contest Handbook 

4-H Registration

Contest Results

Spring Dairy Show

The annual Clemson University Spring Dairy Show is for registered females of the Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and Brown Swiss breeds. Animals owned by adults, 4-H, and FFA members may be shown. The show begins with showmanship at 8:00 a.m. at the Garrison Arena (1101 West Queen St.; Pendleton, SC  29670). Entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, as long as barn space is available. Contact Charlotte Swafford for more information (864-656-3300;

*****$500 Coca-Cola/Garrison Arena Scholarship Essay Contest*****
This $500 scholarship is being sponsored by Coca-Cola and the Garrison Arena for the Clemson University Spring Dairy Show. See the Scholarship Application Packet for details and information. 

Congratulations to Tyler French of Newberry County for winning the 2015 Coca-Cola/Garrison Arena Spring Dairy Show scholarship!!


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! 

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.

Curriculum Resources

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

Dairy Related Scholarships

Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Scholarship
Hoard’s Dairyman
South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation 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
Dairy Calf & Heifer Association
Hoard’s Dairyman
Holstein Association USA
Holstein Foundation
National Dairy Herd Information Association 
South Carolina Dairy Association