Gopher Dairy Camp

June 10-12, 2018

The 2018 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, will be held June 10-12 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. See the Camp Schedule in the Brochure.

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.

Gopher Dairy Camp participants prepare for Showmanship Contest (2017)
Campers prepare for
Showmanship Contest.
Campers participate in the “Gopher Gold Auction”.
Campers participate in the
“Gopher Gold Auction”.

Gopher Dairy Camp Showmanship Contest (2017)
Campers compete in the showmanship contest.

Camp Fee: $70 per youth

Registration: Registration forms for the 2018 camp were due May 25. Attendance 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 Sierra Swanson, Camp Co-Chair, at 320-583-5522 or

Sponsors play a major role in the success of the Gopher Dairy Camp! Thank you to the 2017 Camp Sponsors!

Like the Gopher Dairy Club on Facebook and check out photos from a previous camp. Look for additional photos in the Gopher Dairy Club Photo Gallery.

Gopher Dairy Camp Group Photo, 2017
2017 Gopher Dairy Camp Participants at TCF Bank Stadium.