Thumb Dairy Odyssey is a First Time Event to Engage Youth in the Dairy Industry

The first of the three session event will take place on May 7 at Messing Dairy.

Young people interested in dairy or animal science are invited to spend any or all of three Saturdays this summer exploring the fun of dairy cattle. Thumb Dairy Odyssey is designed for ages 9-19 and is a series of fun and educational workshops held in Huron and Sanilac counties in May, June and July.  

This program was developed by Huron County 4-Her, Addy Battel, after visiting a dairy science program that was on the other side of the state. Huron County is the top producing dairy county in Michigan but a youth event with only a dairy focus has not been held in the area for many years.

Thumb Dairy Odyssey program is great for all youth who are interested in dairy science, or simply enjoy learning about animals. Youth will also be introduced to different types of careers in agriculture. On May 7, youth will learn skills required for successful showmanship, proper calf care and technology used on dairy farms today. All topics will be presented in a fun and hands-on way.  In the showmanship portion attendees will learn the finer points of showmanship and displaying your animal’s best traits. They will discover what judges look for in you and your animal. In the Calf Care section participants will learn about how to get your calves off to a good start. Calf nutrition and animal care will be discussed. Messing Dairy uses robots to milk their cows. The participants will have the opportunity to learn more about those robots how they work and what kind of information they can provide a dairy farmer. The computer programs used on a dairy farm to make management decisions and ensure a cow’s quality of life will be highlighted at this event.  Whether kids live on farms or in town, whether they show dairy or dairy steers or don’t raise animals, all will benefit and have a good time.

This event is Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with registration at 9:30 a.m.  This event has a $5 fee per child, accompanying adults are free, and lunch is included. To register for this event please visit or visit the Huron County Extension Office or call 989-269-9949.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Huron County Community Foundation

Michigan 4-H Foundation

Ken Walker, DVM

Michigan Manure Management LLC


Tuscola County Farm Bureau

Bumhoffer Services Inc

Maurer Meat Processors LLC

Maurer Electric Inc

Tri County Equipment

Sanilac Drain & Tile

Livestock Nutrition Company

Kinney Hoof Care LLC

Cooperative Elevator Company

Thumb Veterinary Services

GreenStone Farm Credit Services

NorthStar Cooperative

Lance Walker - Agri King Nutritoin Inc

West Side Sand Products

Huron County Farm Bureau

Stoliker’s Custom Designs

Nietzke & Faupel, P.C.

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