Registration is now open for the 2013 edition of the Gopher Dairy Camp, which will be held June 9 to 11 on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. The camp is hosted by the Gopher Dairy Club in cooperation with the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project Committee. The goal of the camp is to provide dairy youth the opportunity to strengthen their dairy knowledge and skills, as well as to network with other dairy youth that share their interests.
In its tenth year, the Gopher Dairy Camp is open to all youth that have completed grades 6 through 11, but have not yet started 12th grade. Held Sunday through Tuesday, the camp’s agenda offers unique workshops, which will allow attendees to excel in the showring and improve their knowledge of the production and processing of dairy products. Those who attend will be housed in the Bailey Hall dormitory on the St. Paul campus.
The primary focus areas of the camp are calf selection, showring preparation of dairy cattle and showmanship. Campers have the opportunity to select a calf from the St. Paul dairy herd via the Gopher Gold Auction and prepare that calf for showing. Professional cattle fitters will be onsite for demonstrations and hands-on assistance in clipping and showring preparation. On the final day of the camp, a showmanship contest will allow campers to showcase what they have learned. Throughout the camp, a number of social mixers are offered, including a tour of TCF Bank Stadium and a night at Tropics Indoor Water Park in Shoreview.
Because of generous support by camp sponsors, the 2013 Gopher Dairy Camp will continue to be offered at a modest registration fee of $60, which is all-inclusive and covers the cost of the dormitory, meals, and camp materials. Registration information has been dispersed to local Extension offices and is also available online at http://z.umn.edu/gdcamp or by calling Emilie Lane at 952-220-6747.