Badger Dairy Camp
Badger Dairy Camp is summer youth activity camp that focuses on fitting and showing of dairy cattle, judging, and dairy science related workshops. The three-day event takes place on campus and is for youth ages 12-18. Many Badger Dairy Club members play an active role in assisting the camp director by serving as chaperones and leading workshops, as well as being mentors to the campers.
BDC Spring Banquet
Every spring BDC members have a banquet to highlight the past year. Awards are given to the most active class members, scholarships are awarded and the new officers are installed. We also give two awards, the Friend of BDC and the Guest of Honor, to deserving people or companies in the industry that have helped, supported and guided us throughout the year.
Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal give out dairy judging awards and Ted Halbach announces the Dairy Challenge competition highlights. Following the program is a dance where fun is had by one and all.
CALS Day for Kids
CALS Day for Kids, organized by the CALS Student Council, is an event that involves many clubs on CALS campus. The purpose of CALS Day for Kids is to educate Madison area fourth graders about the importance of agriculture. Every spring, BDC members set up a display with a Holstein calf and a trivia game, both which get children thinking about the dairy industry. The children always love to pet the calf and learn the amazing facts. Many times, CALS Day for Kids is the first time a child has ever seen a calf. CALS Day for Kids is a great opportunity for BDC members to educate Madison’s youth about the dairy industry.
BDC participates in the annual CALS Picnic every fall. Members welcome students to campus and encourage them to join the organization by telling them all about the club and its activities. A picnic lunch is also provided by the CALS Student Council and door prizes are also given away.
Every spring BDC works with the dairy science department in preparing the judging and showmanship contest for high school FFA members. BDC members wash cattle, listen to reasons, collect and score cards, and serve as ring leaders or announcers.
BDC members plan and put together a float for the UW-Madison Homecoming Parade to create awareness for our club and the dairy industry. This year, our club passed out string cheese!
BDC members often organize teams that compete in intramural sports throughout the school year. This last year, BDC had a basketball team that played once a week during spring semester. BDC has also competed in softball and volleyball intramurals in the past. BDC does very well in competition amongst the rest of the college.
The American Dairy Science Association- Student Affiliated Division (ADSA-SAD) has an undergraduate convention every year for dairy clubs throughout the midwest. BDC members always tour farms, partake in quiz bowl, karaoke contests, dances, seminars and the annual meeting.
A group of BDC members will be traveling to this year’s ADSA, hosted by South Dakota State University, February 3 – 5.
A new officer position is the Outreach Specialists, where they focus on activities to gain awareness of BDC and the dairy industry as a whole. An example is our members passing out red and white cheese curds and dairy facts at several libraries across campus.
In addition to service events, BDC also has a variety of social events for members to get to know their fellow club members, meet many new people, form lasting friendships and celebrate the club’s many accomplishments throughout the year.
Spring Showmanship Contest
BDC sponsors and organizes the spring showmanship contest that is held at the Midwest National Spring Show. BDC members organize the event by finding judges, ordering prizes, and manning the showring the day of the event.
Every fall, BDC kicks of the year with a student, faculty mixer. It is held in the Jorn’s courtyard and involves food, volleyball, officer and faculty introductions and other games. It is a chance for the freshman to meet other dairy enthusiasts and to meet faculty. Members also learn about World Dairy Expo and the club’s involvement, while also becoming familiar with the chairman for the event. BDC always hangs posters throughout the campus to notify new members of the gathering.