Purdue University Dairy Club
Purdue University Dairy Club
As one of the club’s on-campus promotional events during the school year, Fall Freeze has become a very popular tradition in which 1,000 bowls of ice cream are handed out on the non-agriculture side of campus for free to students and staff. This event allows students from non-agricultural backgrounds to ask questions about the dairy products they consume, today’s dairy industry, and the activities and goals of the Purdue Dairy Club. In recent years, the club has also been able to bring in a couple dairy calves from the Dairy Unit to hang out on the Purdue Memorial Mall for passersby to pet and take pictures with.
Ice Cream Social and Hot Chocolate Social
As Purdue College of Agriculture campus-wide events, the Ice Cream Social and Hot Chocolate Social, taking place the second week of the fall and spring semester, respectively, are opportunities the Dairy Club has to reach out to incoming freshman as well as upperclassmen. During these events, Purdue students are able to interact with club officers and ask questions about the club and dairy industry.
World Dairy Expo
Every year, the Dairy Club takes a four day trip to the World Dairy Exposition in Madison, Wisconsin. The World Dairy Expo is the international dairy meeting place, a five day event showcasing the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies obtainable to the dairy industry. This event serves as a forum for dairy producers, companies, organizations, and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete and to exchange ideas, knowledge, and commerce. Purdue Dairy Club members have the ability to tour the grounds during this trip, see high quality animals compete in the shows, and network with industry leaders in the many exhibit areas. Additionally, the club will often visit farms or dairy companies along the way such as the ABS Global headquarters.
AI School occurs over Purdue’s Fall Break each year and allows a limited number of club members to become certified in artificial insemination by an instructor from ABS Global. The group spends two days at the Purdue Dairy Unit, learning and practicing the skills needed to inseminate dairy cattle. The activities range from proper preparation and handling of frozen semen to the proper depositing of the semen within the dairy cow’s uterus. This activity is often a very prominent memory of dairy club members, being both entertaining and messy.
The club organizes Saturday farm tours periodically throughout the school year in different regions of Indiana in order to give members the chance to compare the differences between farms and see up and coming industry technologies at work. In addition, touring farms allows for the students to see what goes into the everyday workings of a dairy production, one aspect that cannot be as easily taught in the classroom. Not only is this yet another networking opportunity for our collegiate dairy enthusiasts but also a fun way to get to know new members in the club who often attend these trips. In the past, some of the farms visited include Fair Oaks Dairy, Butlerview Dairy, and Seven Hills Dairy.
Dairy Club Alumni Dinner
Started in 2013, the Purdue Dairy Club hosts an alumni dinner during the Fall semester, allowing current members to meet the Dairy Club of years past and find connections in Purdue Dairy Club’s history through pictures and paraphernalia. This is an ever-growing event that the club hopes to continue well into the future and provides an evening full of laughter and good stories. Relatively new alumni as well as alumni from as far back as the 1950’s have been in attendance, making for a diverse group who has impacted the dairy industry in numerous ways.
If you are a Purdue Dairy Club or Dairy Judging alumni, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get your name and contact information added to our list. As Dairy Club members, students are able to network with alumni and can serve on the committee to gather contact information. The Club is always looking for memories, photographs, and stories to add to our collection. Please see the Alumni tab to view additional photos and stories of our Alumni events.
The Student Affiliate Division of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) consists of Student Affiliate chapters across the country. Purdue Dairy Club is one of the many chapters that attends the ADSA-SAD Midwest regional meeting every year. The purpose of the student affiliate division is to provide a channel of communication for the exchange of information among the various member chapters and between ADSA and the member chapters, to acquaint students with ADSA and to develop leadership and promote scholastic achievement among students interested in the dairy industry
The ADSA meeting typically takes place the last weekend of January in various states depending on which university is hosting it for the year. The Purdue Dairy Club usually takes 20-30 members either by van or bus, asking each member to only pay for their registration. It is easily voted as the club members’ favorite event of the club. Students will arrive on a Friday afternoon and compete in Dairy Quiz Bowl contests before attending the evening speaker event. In the past these speakers have been comedians, illusionists, or motivational speakers. Pizza and a dance party take place in the hotel ballrooms that night providing club members the opportunity to meet hundreds of other dairy students from other Midwest dairy clubs. On Saturday, students travel to the host school’s campus to attend 5-8 breakout sessions. At the sessions, dairy professors, industry professionals, or career advisors inform students of current dairy issues, regulations, or specific aspects of the industry that may not be taught in college classes. The day ends with a formal banquet where awards are presented and the new ADSA-SAD regional officers are announced.
Purdue Dairy Club members do not have to attend the meeting to be a member of ADSA; they can sign-up online for a very small registration feed. As an ADSA member, students receive emails regarding job and internship opportunities and have the chance to attend the national ADSA conference that takes place over the summer. In 2016, Purdue Dairy Club hosted the Midwest ADSA-SAD meeting in Fort Wayne, IN.
Dairy Judging Invitational
4-H and FFA members are able to practice and perfect their dairy judging skills at the annual Purdue Dairy Judging Invitational taking place at the Purdue ASREC Machine Shed. Four classes of animals, three cow classes and one heifer class, are selected from the Purdue Dairy Herd. With two show rings, contestants judge all four classes, presenting reasons on two of the classes. Lunch is served prior to reasons at the Beck Center and the winning teams and individuals in each division are recognized.
Purdue Dairy Club members have the opportunity to compete in the showmanship contest following the Invitational. A week before the Invitational, interested club members are assigned an animal that is theirs for the showmanship contest. They are responsible for clipping, washing, and training the animal as well as walking it for the class on the day of the contest. The club provides all the tack needed to prepare their animal and members don’t have to have prior experience clipping as there will be training and teaching available. It is a great opportunity to learn about what goes on at a show and to gain hands-on experience. Throughout the week, all contest animals are cared for by club members including assisting with milkings and preparing non-showmanship animals. The Friday night before the contest, a dinner is held and members vote on an individual to receive the Sportsmanship award. The recipient of the Sportsmanship award is the individual who was helpful during the week, dedicated time at the barn, and kept a positive attitude toward other members and farm management.
Started in 2002, the Purdue Dairy Club Boilermaker Legacy Sale, formerly called the Boilermaker Heifer Sale is the club’s primary fundraiser for the year. The sale committee works throughout the year to gather consignments from top show herds across the Midwest. These consignments are in the form of live animals, cows and heifers, as well as embryos from any dairy breed. The week leading up to the sale is full of a lot of hard work put in by the club members. Purdue Dairy Club members are responsible for feeding, milking, washing, clipping, bedding, and walking each of the animals to prepare them for sale day.
The Legacy sale has many success stories including both 2016 Junior Champion of the NAILE Holstein and Brown Swiss Show were sold at the 2016 Boilermaker Legacy Sale. Unfortunately, there will be no sale in 2017 but look for us again in the Spring of 2018.
Milk Monday and Ag Week - Purdue Ag Week is an event running the week leading up to Spring Fest. It is organized by the College of Agriculture as a way to reach to the non-agriculture side of campus. Each day, various agriculture clubs and student organizations host various activities to interact with students. Purdue Dairy Club always kicks off the week with Milk Monday. Over 1000 grilled cheese sandwiches are made and handed out free with a carton of milk to students passing by. Club members interact with students as they wait in line or eat their grilled cheese and take the time to answer any questions about agriculture or the dairy industry. Baby calves make the trip to campus to allow students to pet them and take a few calf selfies. During Milk Monday 2015, the Dairy Club was honored to host,Wisconsin Dairy farmer and popular Dairy Advocate, Dairy Carrie, for an evening seminar and discussion open to all Purdue Students. See what Dairy Carrie is all about here:http://dairycarrie.com/.
Milk Monday and Ag Week
Purdue Ag Week is an event running the week leading up to Spring Fest. It is organized by the College of Agriculture as a way to reach to the non-agriculture side of campus. Each day, various agriculture clubs and student organizations host various activities to interact with students. Purdue Dairy Club always kicks off the week with Milk Monday. Over 1000 grilled cheese sandwiches are made and handed out free with a carton of milk to students passing by. Club members interact with students as they wait in line or eat their grilled cheese and take the time to answer any questions about agriculture or the dairy industry. If the weather and space permits, baby calves often make the trip to campus to allow students to pet them and take a few calf selfies. During Milk Monday 2015, the Dairy Club has invited and will host Dairy Carrie for an evening seminar and discussion open to all Purdue Students. See what Dairy Carrie is all about here: http://dairycarrie.com/.
Spring Fest is a Purdue University wide, 2-day long event that takes place during April. Colleges, departments, and clubs have the opportunity to interact with the public through games, food, and educational events. Purdue Dairy Club has two booths run entirely by the club members. One booth is called IMAC, “I Milked a Cow,” where visitors can pay $1 to milk a cow. While they milk the cow, Dairy Club members tell them about the dairy industry and teach them a few fun facts about cows. At the second booth, club members sell ice cream, grilled cheese, and milk. The event not only provides a fundraiser for the club, but is a chance for our club members to inform the public about dairy cows and where delicious foods like milk, ice cream, and cheese come from. Additionally, the club is always looking for sponsors and donations for Spring Fest. Please refer this website for additional information regarding Spring Fest, https://ag.purdue.edu/springfest/Pages/default.aspx. If you have specific questions or an interest in Purdue’s involvement in Spring Fest, please contact the club.
As one of the goals of the club, the Dairy Club seeks to complete various community service projects throughout the semester. Members are not required to complete these projects but many members really enjoy the chance to serve in the local community. Examples of community service projects include the following: playing BINGO at assisted living and nursing homes, baking cookies for the Purdue Farms, working at the PMO Christmas show and giving the money to local non-profit organizations, and making Christmas cards.
Purdue Dairy Club has members from all backgrounds and experiences that work hard throughout the semester to educate others about the dairy industry. However, it’s always good to have some fun. Once or twice throughout the year, club social events are organized based on members’ interests. Typically the club covers the housing and transportation for the events if applicable asking that members pay entry fees and food. Social events that have been done in the past are ski trips, bowling, ice skating, bar crawls, waterparks, and bonfires. It is these social events that allow members to relax and really get to know one another outside of a classroom setting.