Thumb Dairy Odyssey Days - Roto-Z Dairy

Date: July 9, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: 3364 Mushroom Rd., Snover, MI 48472
Contact: Marianne Buza, 989-269-9949,

This hands-on youth program teaches young people about the dairy industry, introduces youth to career options in agriculture, and strengthens skills used in FFA and 4-H competitions.

Thumb Dairy Odyssey is for ...
  • Youth ages 9-19 interested in learning about the dairy industry
  • Farm kids, city kids, country kids, FFA and 4-H members
  • All skill and knowledge levels
  • A hands-on day full of fun and prizes
  • FFA students to further develop judging knowledge and improve ability to compete in skills contests
  • 4-H members to improve fair competition skills and animal science knowledge
  • Preparing youth to participate in:
    • Dairy Days
    • Local County Fair

Grab a friend and come join the fun!

Saturday, May 7, June 4 and July 9
Each date is a stand-alone event. Attend one or all.
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., registration starts 9:30 a.m.
Rain or Shine!

May 7, 2016 

Messing Dairy
811 McTaggart Rd. Bad Axe, MI 48413

Calf Care: Discover how to get your calf off to a good start with nutrition and animal husbandry.
Showmanship: Learn the finer points of showmanship and displaying your animal’s best traits. Find out what judges look for in you and your animal.
Technology: What can technology do on a dairy farm today? Witness robotic milkers and automatic calf feeders in action.

June 4, 2016
Starward Farms
9393 Canboro Rd. Sebewaing, MI 48759

Dairy Judging: How to evaluate cows and heifers based on conformation and why. Tips will help you choose a fair animal.
Genetics: Explore traits and information farmers use when evaluating genetics.
Dairy Management Challenge: Identify and learn about dairy tools, breeds, feedstuffs and more in this fun, interactive activity.

July 9, 2016
Roto-Z Dairy
3364 Mushroom Rd. Snover, MI 48472

Nutrition: Investigate a cow’s stomach, what ingredients make up her feed and why.
Reproduction and Breeding: Learn tools used in animal breeding and explore the reproductive tract.
Cow Comfort and Wellbeing: Find out all that dairy farmers do keep to their cows comfortable and content. 

Youth: $5/session
Accompanying adults: Free
Lunch included


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