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Wayne County 4-H Dairy Department

Things To Consider Before Taking a Dairy Project

Think about how much space is required to house a Dairy Heifer Calf or Dairy Cow.  Do you have enough physical space and the proper shelter?  Are you aware of feed costs and and have you budgeted for them?  Are you prepared to invest the money and time involved in caring for, grooming, and walking a heifer and/or cow to train them to be ready for the fair? Are the youth and parent(s), guardian(s), or other adult helper(s) prepared to make the time and financial commitment?  Dairy projects are very rewarding but are also among the most time-intensive and expensive 4-H projects.

2023 Dairy Calendar of Events

  • Enroll in 4-H through 4-H Online by April 1st (note: clubs may set an earlier deadline)
  • April 22nd - Ohio 4-H DairyPalooza - Ohio's premiere 4-H Dairy Event - 9:00 am - 3 pm Wayne County Fairgrounds
  • June 1st - Obtain and care for your dairy animal(s) on or before June 1st
  • June 1st - Complete Animal ID for all possible animals (including family back-ups) that you could possibly enter in the fair through 4-HOnline on or before June 1st.  Help sheets are available at
  • Date To Be Announced - Wayne County 4-H Dairy Clinic  7:00 PM at the Coliseum
  • Complete Quality Assurance Training by July 26th. See the Quality Assurance page for more details.
  • Skillathon Interviews - Skillathon will be offered the evenings of June 15th and 19th.  Check our Skillathon page for more information.
  • July 11th Outstanding Exhibitor Interviews - alternative to Skillathon, 5-9 pm at the Event Center
  • August 1 - Fair Entries Due - Make all Junior Fair Class Entries by 11:59 pm at
  • September 8th - Dairy Cattle may begin arriving at the fairgrounds
  • September 8th - Dairy Cattle Check-In, 4:00 - 10:00 pm in the Coliseum, All Dairy Cattle must be in place by 10 pm.
  • September 9th - Dairy Judging Contest, Registration opens at 8:00 am, Contest begins at 8:30 am in the Coliseum
  • September 12th - Dairy Holstein Show, 9:00 am in the Coliseum
  • September 12th - Dairy Colored Breeds Show, 1:00 pm in the Coliseum
  • September 13th - Dairy Showmanship Show, 9:00 am in the Coliseum
  • September 13th - Dairy Products Auction, 11 am in the Coliseum

Dairy Project Books

Dairy Project Guidelines and Forms

Dairy Animal ID Requirements

2023 Dairy Animal ID Help Sheet - overview of how to enter Dairy Animal ID in 4-HOnline and lists which fields and forms are required and which are optional.

Dairy Clinic / Educational Resources

  • The Wayne County 4-H / FFA / Jr. Fair Dairy Committee will offer the Mill Wheel Dairy Show Clinic with showmanship judge Katie Coyne at 9 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the Wayne County Fair Coliseum. Registration is $20 per person or $40 per family. Lunch will be provided. The clinic will include demonstrations on clipping, washing, and nutrition. The shomwanship clinic will be in the afternoon.
  • Mill Wheel Dairy Show Clinic FlyerClick here for registration. 
  • The Wayne County 4-H / FFA / Jr. Fair Dairy Committee will host a clinic at 7 p.m. July 7 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the District 7 Holstein Show. The committee will discuss project guidelines, showmanship rules, and what to bring to the fair and put in your showbox.

DairyPalooza - Ohio's Premiere 4-h Dairy Event

  • This year's Ohio 4-H DairyPalooza is scheduled for Saturday April 22, 2023 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Click the link below to view the DairyPalooza website and look for more details to be shared about registration later this spring.
  • Ohio 4-H DairyPalooza Website
  • 2023 Registration Form 

Dairy Outstanding Exhibitor Awards Program

Dairy Outstanding Record Book Awards

  • The Outstanding Record Book Awards are designed to recognize youth that take time to thoroughly complete their records books adding in details and financial, feed, and health records from throughout the entire project and calculating their profit or loss for the year.  Youth wishing to have their record books judged should turn them in to the Extension Office by October 4th.  Awards are presented at the Fall 4-H Recognition Banquet.
  • Dairy Cow Outstanding Record Book Rubric
  • Dairy Heifer Outstanding Record Book Rubric

Dairy Junior Fair Information

  • 2022 Pre-Fair Letter / Reminders (will be available in August)
  • 2023 Dairy Show Book (will be available at fair-time)
  • 2023 Dairy Products Auction Program (will be available at fair-time)

Dairy Committee

  • The Wayne County 4-H / FFA / Jr. Fair Dairy Action committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and carrying out the Dairy program in consultation with and under the authority of OSU Extension and the Wayne County Agricultural Society (Senior Fair Board)
  • Our 2023 Dairy Committee is made up of the following individuals: Liz Besancon, Todd Brennstuhl, Michele Lahmers, Heather Oros-Yoder, David Durstine, Abbey Werstler, Leah Winchell, Amanda Raber, Lisa Gress, Ed Gill, Jackie Pittman, Scott Sprunger, Kelsey Bowers (FFA), Laurie Sidle (OSU Extension), Tanya Marty (Senior Fair Board), and Junior Fair Board members Reis Durstine, Mallory Kendle, Carissa Pittman, Audrey Sidle, and Culver Sidle.

State 4-h Dairy WEbpage

  • Check out what all the Ohio 4-H Dairy Program offers including information about the State Fair Dairy Show.

Wayne County 4-H Dairy Facebook Group