Dairy Discovery Workshop

The annual Dairy Discovery program provides New York youth with fun, hands-on science-oriented learning experiences in 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 one Saturday 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.

March 24 - 25, 2023

Theme: Dairy Herd Management

Dairy herd management is critical in determining the production potential of dairy enterprises.   Management of the dairy herd includes:

  • fresh cow monitoring and treatment
  • foot care
  • disease control and management
  • reproduction
  • genetics
  • nutrition
  • records. 

All these facets of dairy cattle managing make for good animal health stewards.  Having a good herd health program and managing risk effectively leads directly to a healthier herd, both physically and financially.

Youth will understand, observe and participate in technical skill training related to such topics as:

  • Linear type evaluation
    • Pedigree, sire selection and genetic mating
    • Herd management - functional cow or not
  • Managing risk in fresh cows
    • Is my cow sick?
    • Look, listen and touch cows!
  • Reproduction
    • Understanding the anatomy, hormones and breeding timeline
    • Heat detection  and reproduction management programs
  • Do my cows wear “good sneakers”
    • Foot disease identification, management and treatment
    • A good pedicure!
  • DHI records
    • Getting to know DairyComp 305
    • What the records say!


Frank Morrison Hall at Cornell University
Map and driving directions

Workshop agenda

6:30 PM

  • Welcome and dinner (Room 348 Morrison)

7:00 PM

  • CALS Admissions presentation and college planning (Room 146 Morrison)

7:45 PM

  • Group mixer with Animal Science students (Livestock Pavilion)

9:00 PM    

  • Snack and program conclusion


Youth will rotate through three stations in the morning and three stations in the afternoon.

7:30 AM

  • Breakfast on your own

8:30 AM

  • Registration (Morrison Hall lobby)

9:15 AM

  • Welcome and workshop introduction (146 Morrison)

9:30 AM

  • Workshop session 1

12:20 PM

  • Lunch (348 Morrison)

1:30 PM

  • Workshop Session 2

4:20 PM

  • Wrap-up and evaluation



Best Western University Inn

1020 Ellis Hollow Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Group Room Rate

$149.00 per night

Book a room online

Reservation deadline: March 1, 2023

Group rates apply to Friday night only until the reservation cutoff date.  If your hotel stay extends beyond these nights or is made after the cutoff deadline, prevailing rack rate will apply and is based on availability.

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For more information

Registration and payment questions:

  • Linzi Chambers (lc994 [at] cornell.edu or 607-255-6695)

Program questions:

  • Debbie Grusenmeyer (djc27 [at] cornell.edu)