The Dairy Goat project is designed to help youth develop to their fullest potential as they learn the care and management of a dairy animal. The dairy goat is an ideal youth project animal, as it allows young people to learn about dairy production with an animal that requires much less investment than the dairy cow.
The 4-H Dairy Goat project offers all aspects of care and management, plus an understanding of the workings of a living creature. Activities include public presentations, dairy goat quiz bowl, judging, fitting and showing, and dairy product identification, milk and milk quality, making ice cream, cheese, etc.
AUDIENCE: Youth 5 to 19 years of age.
- National 4-H Skills for Life Dairy Goat Activity Guides and Helper’s Guide
- Goat Resource Handbook from Ohio State University
Available: 250 Morrison Hall, CU, Ithaca, NY 14853-4801
- Goats and Their Management – (Agriculture Canada Publication #1820/E)
NY State 4-H Dairy Goat Fact Sheets
- Why do I want to own a goat?
- The dairy goat breeds
- Buying a dairy goat
- Parts of the dairy goat
- Facilities for your dairy doe?
- Routine health care for your dairy doe
- Dairy goat identification
- Hoof trimming
- All about castrating and urinary calculi
- Teeth and age of the goat
- Feeds for goats
- The digestive system of the goat
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Using math to see how well your goat is growing
- When will my doe kid?
- Reproductive problems of the doe
- Part I: Herd behavior
- Part II: Mating and maternal behavior