Teaching Dairy

Dairy Discovery Workshop, Cornell University

Dairy Cow

Hands-on Workshop held annually at Cornell University

Teaching Dairy

The focus of the Dairy Discovery workshops changes each year.


CANCELLED: Dairy Discovery Workshop

  • Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 PM - Saturday, March 28@ 4:00 PM

Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Dairy Discovery Workshop scheduled for March 27-28 has been CANCELLED. 

The annual Dairy Discovery program provides New York youth with fun, hands-on science-oriented learning experiences on dairy production and management topics which feature the unique facilities, industry professionals, and staff of Cornell University.

Dairy Discovery is a hands-on workshop held annually at Cornell University in late March. It is a state-wide program for youth ages 14-19 years old. Each year the youth spend the 1½ days (Friday afternoon until Saturday late afternoon) here on campus learning about dairy careers and rotating through a series of hands-on stations which focus on a specific aspect of the dairy field each year. The focus of the Dairy Discovery workshops changes each year but includes the following areas: Dairy Herd Health and Management, Calf and Heifer Production Management, Quality Milk and Milk Production, Whole Farm Management Planning, and Maximizing the Feed Management Program.

Who: Due to the hands on approach of the sessions, participation is limited to the first 60 individuals to enroll by deadline. Youth who are 14-19 years of age as of January 1, of the current year and have an interest in dairy cattle and production management are eligible and strongly encouraged to attend (with their parents or chaperones). 4-H project members and FFA youth with a dairy interest or desire to learn about dairy are strongly encouraged to attend.

Why?: Participants will get to meet Cornell faculty and students, learn about different aspects of dairy production management and dairy industry related careers. They will also be able to interact and exchange information with professional producers, industry experts, and more! Hands-on workshops are planned for each focus area.

Cost?: The cost of $50 for youth covers basic handouts, materials, dinner and activities on Friday evening, and lunch on Saturday. This year, all adult chaperones attending with youth must register separately so we have accurate counts. A $15 fee is charged for adults to help cover meals.

Lodging is NOT included for this program but a group of hotel rooms are normally blocked prior to this event each year and detailed information for making lodging accommodations is included in the program. 

For more information or to register, visit http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/events-2/dairy-discov...

Space is limited so sign-up early.


$50 for youth covers basic handouts, materials, dinner and activities on Friday evening, and lunch on Saturday. $15 for adults to help cover meals.

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Patti Zellmer
4-H Program Leader (Otsego County)
607-547-2536 x225


Cornell University
Judd Falls Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

Last updated March 16, 2020