Gopher Dairy Camp

The 2017 Gopher Dairy Camp, hosted by the Gopher Dairy Club in cooperation with the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project Committee and the Minnesota Livestock Breeders' Association, was held June 11-13 on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.

Gopher Dairy Camp is a fun 3-day workshop for teens who want to improve their dairy cattle skills. The camp is open to all youth who have completed grades 6-9, but have not yet started 10th grade. Activities include Dairy Fitting and Showmanship Workshops, Dairy Showmanship Contest, the Gopher Gold Auction, Dairy Foods Workshop, and fun around the Twin Cities.

NOTE: Gopher Dairy Camp is a hands-on experience in which attendees work closely with a live heifer calf; therefore, experience with dairy cattle is required.

See the Gopher Dairy Camp brochure for additional details.

Campers learn to fit dairy heifers.
Campers learn to fit dairy heifers.
Campers participate in the “Gopher Gold Auction”.
Campers participate in the “Gopher Gold Auction”.

2015 Showmanship winners.
Campers compete in the showmanship contest.

Camp Fee: $90 per attendee (in 2017).

Registration: Registration materials for the 2018 camp will be posted in the spring. Registration is limited to the first 100 campers who apply.

Housing: All campers will be housed in Bailey Hall on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Bailey Hall is located at 1458 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul, MN. The dorm is located on the St. Paul Campus and is within walking distance of all activities. Registration will be located in the Bailey Hall entry way.

What to bring: Campers need to bring normal clothing items, a sleeping bag, clipping and showmanship clothes, clipping and fitting supplies. Also bring along the usual toiletry items and towels. See Packing List (.pdf).

Questions? Contact Gabriella Sorg, Camp Co-Chair at 651-387-5598 or

Sponsors play a major role in the success of the Gopher Dairy Camp! Thank you to the 2016 Camp Sponsors!

Like the Gopher Dairy Club on Facebook and check out photos from last year’s camp. Look for additional photos in the Gopher Dairy Club Photo Gallery.

2015 Camp participants.
Gopher Dairy Camp Participants (2015).