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Thumb Odyssey Days gears up for 3rd year

Young people interested in dairy or animal science are invited to spend Saturdays April 28th and June 16th exploring the fun of dairy cattle. 
Thumb Dairy Odyssey, in its third year, is a series of fun and educational hands-on workshops being offered in Huron and Sanilac counties this year, however, you do not have to be from one of these counties to attend.
This hands-on youth program teaches young people about the dairy industry, introduces youth to career options in agriculture, and strengthens skills used in FFA and 4-H competitions. In the past 2 years, Thumb Dairy Odyssey reached over 80 youth participants along with parents and community volunteers. 
The program resulted in more participants in local fairs and a Thumb area dairy quiz bowl team. Participants also said they learned about new career options in agriculture and were interested in a career they learned about.
The first of the 2018 programs will take place Saturday, April 28. Visit Leipprandt Dairy near Pigeon, Michigan. The day will kick off with a farm tour and 3 educational stations. Learn the finer points of showmanship with members of Junior Holstein Association. Discover how to use feed to unlock your heifer’s genetic potential and improve your chances at a blue ribbon. Explore how veterinarians identify sick animals and how they narrow down problem areas with a physical exam. 
On Saturday, June 16, Dairy Odyssey Days will take place at Deluur Dairy near Deckerville, MI. After a farm tour the topics on this day will include what a field rep does on farms, fitting and how a cow views the world. Investigate what field reps do on a farm and how they evaluate milking operations. Learn some of the details of getting your cow ready to show including the detailed work to make your show cow or calf shine. Uncover how a cow sees, thinks, and perceives the world and us.
This program is designed for ages 9-19, but all ages are welcome. This event is for all youth whether farm kids, city kids, country kids, FFA or 4-H members as well non 4-H. Each day will be equally beneficial as a stand-alone event, or you can attend both days. Programs will begin each day at 10 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. The cost is $5 per child with accompanying adults attending for free. To register for this event please see the attached flyer or visit
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