Dairy Discovery Workshop

The annual Dairy Discovery program provides New York youth with fun, hands-on science-oriented learning experiences on dairy production and management topics that feature the unique facilities, industry professionals, and staff at Cornell University.

The statewide program for youth ages 14 to 19 years-old is held Friday afternoon until Saturday late afternoon in March. Youth learn about dairy careers by rotating through a series of hands-on stations that focus on specific aspects of the dairy industry. Dairy Discovery workshop topics changes each year but include: Dairy Herd Health and Management, Calf and Heifer Production Management, Quality Milk and Milk Production, Whole Farm Management Planning, and Maximizing the Feed Management Program.

Participation is limited to the first 65 youth who enroll by deadline because of the hands-on approach. Youth who are 14 to 19 years of age on January 1 of the program year and have an interest in dairy cattle and production management are eligible and strongly encouraged to attend (with their parents or chaperones). This program is not limited to any organization, 4-H project members, FFA youth, and others with a dairy interest or desire to learn about dairy are all welcome.

Information on 2021's virtual program can be found here. The below information will be updated for 2022 as the dates get closer.


March 2022, check back for dates!


Morrison Hall,
Cornell University


  • Youth-$50 (covers basic handouts, materials, dinner, and activities on Friday evening, and lunch on Saturday)
  • Adult Chaperones-$15 (covers meals)

Registration and Payment

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We are committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Debbie before the registration deadline to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Program Themes Rotate

Youth learn about, observe, and participate in technical skill training related to topics including:

Dairy Herd Health and Management

Dairy herd health and management are critical to maximize the production and financial potential of a farm business.

Calf and Heifer Production Management

Replacement heifers are an investment in the future of a dairy. The heifer enterprise is the second largest cost on a dairy farm and an important management area. 

Quality Milk and Milk Production

Milk quality and milk production are a critical focus of dairy farms.

Whole Farm Management and Analysis

Dairy Discovery brings the future of the industry together to gain a broader perspective of dairy. Dairy-interested youth of various knowledge levels meet and learn about business and production management.

Maximizing the Feed Management Program

Nutrition management is a critical factor to determine a farm's production potential.


Contact Debbie Grusenmeyer at djc27 [at] cornell.edu.