Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Badger Dairy Camp. The popular event takes place June 14-16 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and features hands-on learning opportunities, focused on fitting, showmanship fundamentals, dairy judging dairy nutrition and reproduction, teach campers the skills needed to be successful in their dairy project work while letting them explore some of the science in dairying.
"Every year we make the workshops a little different," says camp director Ted Halbach. "In the past, campers have experienced a wide variety of activities: from making ice cream at Babcock Dairy to dissecting reproductive organs of a dairy cow, and exploring a dairy cow's rumen."
Competitive contests also give campers a jump on the upcoming judging and showing season. And they will get great exposure to a university setting while exploring future career opportunities.
In addition to Halbach, instructors include Laurie Winkelman, graduate student at Cornell University and former Ohio State University Extension Dairy Youth Specialist; Corey Geiger, associate editor at Hoard's Dairyman magazine and contest superintendent for the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest; and emeritus UW dairy science professor Dave Dickson.
The $110 registration fee covers dorm, food and camper activities. Grants and private sponsorships fund about half of the actual program expense.
The Badger Dairy Camp, a cooperative effort of UW-Extension, the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science, and the Badger Dairy Club, helps young people aged 12-18 learn develop self-confidence. sportsmanship and teamwork skills.
For more information or to register, call (608) 263-3305.