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June Is Dairy Month at UW-Madison With Badger Dairy Camp

More than 115 youth from three states attended the fifth annual Badger Dairy Camp held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus June 12-14. At Dairy Camp, young people between 12 and 18 received a jump-start on their summer dairy project activities, learning about dairy fitting, showmanship, and judging while developing life skills in self-confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship.

The action-packed schedule included showmanship and judging contests, a fitting clinic, radioactive bowling and other recreational sports. Campers attended dairy science workshops where they learned about in-vitro fertilization, the dairy cow”s rumen, and basic dairy cattle health at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine.

Next year”s Badger Dairy Camp will be June 10-12. Applications for the 2004 program will be available on March 1st, 2004. Camp founder and director Ted Halbach expects the camp to reach the enrollment capacity of 110 campers for the sixth straight year. Applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Badger Dairy Camp, go to the Wisconsin Dairy Youth website. You can also contact Halbach at (608) 263-3305, tjhalbach@wisc.edu.