Dairy Discovery Workshop
We are excited to welcome youth back to campus for an in-person Dairy Discovery program in 2022! Please note that this year’s program will be one day, March 26th, at Cornell University in Morrison Hall.
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.
Participation is limited to the first 75 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.
Read about the successful and fun 2022 program!
2022 Workshop Information
All attendees will be responsible for following Cornell's covid precautions and guidelines to be able to attend this event.
As we return to in-person events, the health and safety of attendees, sponsors, speakers, and staff is the highest priority. As of January 24, proof of negative test results or vaccination is required by Cornell to be shown at check-in. Masking will be required by all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Cornell recommends a single use surgical or K/N95 mask instead of a cloth mask.
- Youth: $25 (covers basic handouts, materials, and lunch)
- Adult Chaperones: $10 (covers lunch)
Registration is required in advance, but we are not accepting credit card payments this year. Please bring a cash or check with you to the program.
We are excited to offer a hands-on in-person Dairy Discovery this year! We will be taking a whole-farm approach to the workshops in 2022 and touch on many different aspects of dairy management. Youth will rotate through three stations in the morning and three stations in the afternoon.
- 8:30 to 9:30am: Registration and health check-in
- 9:30 to 9:45am: Welcome and schedule for the day
- 9:50 to 12:30: Workshop session 1
- 12:30 to 1:15: Lunch
- 1:20 to 4:20pm: Workshop Session 2
- 4:20 to 4:45pm: Wrap up and evaluation
Dairy Discovery is a one-day program this year so we have not set up a rooming block on a local hotel. If you are planning on staying the night, you can make a reservation at the local hotel of your choice.
Some hotels close to Cornell:
- The Statler Hotel
- Best Western University Inn
- Hotel Ithaca
- Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
- Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca
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.
Contact Debbie Grusenmeyer at djc27 [at] cornell.edu.