Iowa Youth Dairy Coalition
Youth Dairy Coalition is hosted every year by the dairy science club for youth ages 9 to 18 who are interested in the dairy industry. The club members serve as chaperones and mentors to the youth for the weekend event. Youth Dairy Coalition events include a farm tour, dairy quiz bowl, and many other fun activities! This is a great opportunity for youth across Iowa to meet, network with their peers, and explore the dairy industry.
Animal Science Clothing
Animal Science clothing is a committee that sells Animal Science Department clothing year-round in the 119 Kildee office, as well as at various events during the year. They sell t-shirts (short and long sleeve), dri-fit sweatshirts, regular sweatshirts, fleece pullovers, stocking hats, and sweatpants. Clothing can be purchased through the secretary in 119 Kildee.
Contact: Mari Brenner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Each year, the Dairy Science Club distributes a yearbook highlighting events and accomplishments to current club members and alumni. Members of the Yearbook Committee assist in writing stories, selecting photographs, designing pages, and gathering sponsors so that each moment of the club's history is captured. Yearbooks are given out for free to all members, sponsors, and others interested.
If you are interested in being a sponsor for our yearbook, you can reach out to Amber!
Contact: Abigail Rogers (email@example.com)
Food at First
Food at First is a free meal program in Ames that serves meals to the less fortunate seven days a week. On the second or third Thursday of the month, at the First Christian Church in Ames, we make an evening meal for anyone who is hungry. The club prepares the meal, serves the meal, and cleans up after the meal. It is a great way to help people around the community and for club members to bond with each other.
IMAC (I Milked A Cow)
Every year the Dairy Science Club sets up a booth during the Iowa State Fair to teach the public how to milk a cow by hand. This event draws in people from around the country and the globe. This year we educated almost 5,000 people about the dairy industry while helping them milk a cow! During the state fair, our members lead parlor talks and work closely with the Boulevard of Dairy Breeds, where our IMAC cows showcase the Jersey breed. It is also one of our largest club fundraisers and a family favorite at the Iowa State Fair.
The education committee reaches out to community schools in Ames and surrounding communities in Iowa. We participate in STEM Nights at local elementary schools, school field trips to the ISU Dairy Farm, Adopt-A-Calf Program, and will also go to classrooms and teach for a day upon the request of a school. A highlight for students and club members is helping assist children in making their own homemade butter. The group's main goal is to help share with the public about the hard-working people who are devoted to making delicious and nutritious products for consumers.
Each year the Dairy Science Club creates a cake for the annual Animal Science Cake Auction. The cakes, which are created by clubs and individuals within the department, are auctioned off to raise money. The money is raised for scholarships which are presented at the annual Department of Animal Science Banquet.
Cardinal and Gold Classic / Iowa Dairy Producers Luncheon
In the fall of 2021, the Dairy Science Club was approached by the Iowa State University Dairy Farm about assisting in selling and marketing the farm’s excess heifers. After a successful sale in March of 2022, the Dairy Science Club is excited to announce the 2nd annual Cardinal and Gold Classic sale in online form through CowBuyer.com. Run as a consignment sale, we are happy to present an exciting lineup of lots, many from Iowa breeders. Similar to our first sale, the proceeds will go to benefit the Dairy Science Club, the ISU Dairy Judging Team, and the team that represents Iowa State at the 2023 Dairy Challenge Contest. The Dairy Science Club appreciates your ongoing support of continuation of the sale.
In the spring of 2022, the Dairy Science Club held the first annual Iowa Dairy Producers Luncheon, bringing in Dr. James Koltes and Dr. Victor Cabrera to speak on developing technologies that benefit dairy farmers. This coming spring, the Iowa Dairy Producers Luncheon will be held on April 29th, 2023 at the Iowa State University Dairy Farm. This year’s luncheon will focus on udder health and practices affecting milk quality and provide networking opportunities to attendees. We are pleased to invite you to the luncheon, with more details to come.