Dairy Goat

4-H Dairy Goat Project

There’s so much more to the Dairy Industry than just producing milk!  Acquire skills in dairy goat production through ownership and care of dairy goats.  Learn marketing, processing, distribution, consumption, and use of dairy products.  Discover selecting your project, to raising it, to finding a career in the industry.  Learn nutritive value of dairy products, promote their use, and much more!

If you have already signed up for this 4-H project, come on in and learn about other local workshops, activities, and events. If you haven't signed up yet, contact your local county office and become a member today.


2017 Share-A-Kid Contest Entry Form from Iowa Dairy Goat Association




Get Involved

  • Market and sell project goats
  • Start your own dairy goat herd
  • Enjoy a summer internship working at a dairy goat farm
  • Attend a local or state dairy goat show and listen to the judge give oral reasons on the classes
  • Consider showing at your County Fair dairy goat show or the Iowa State Fair
  • Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Schedule a visit with Iowa State University to explore these majors.

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.

  • Design a poster on dairy goat breeds
  • Teach others about showmanship techniques
  • Educate your community on the importance of the dairy industry


  • Complete a Service-Learning project
  • Have your animal as part of a petting zoo sharing the importance of dairy
  • Be a part of a dairy promotion event
  • Help other 4-Hers in selecting animals to start their own goat project


  • Arrange for your class to tour a dairy goat operation
  • Be a mentor for a younger 4-H’er
  • Organize a county grooming clinic
  • Attend a national or regional conference and participate in regional or statewide quiz bowls and judging contests and encourage other youth to attend 


4-H Resources

4-H Dairy Goat Project Manuals

Publications available through ISU Extension Online Store or at your County Extension Office.

Other Resources

Dairy Goat Record Keeping

Exhibit Ideas

Develop a presentation (posters, displays)

  • Dairy goat bi-products

    • Comparison on the nutritive value of dairy vs. non-dairy products
  • Different dairy goat breeds

    • Compare the differences in dairy cattle, dairy goat milk, and cheese production
    • Compare and contrast the dairy breeds and their positive traits
  • How to start a dairy goat herd
  • Properly register and keep records on your animals
  • How to properly tattoo your dairy goat
  • Proper selection and how to judge a dairy goat
  • How to properly groom & show your animal and fitting techniques
  • Assemble an emergency medical kit or a dairy goat show kit
  • Proper feed rations
  • Describe the proper terms when talking about dairy goats
  • Make a scrapbook of your animal(s)
  • Continue exhibiting the same animal(s) to show the progression and how they’ve changed
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