Larimer County, CO

Dairy Meetings

We have 4 meetings during the year and Lease-A-Dairy members are required to attend at least 3 of these.

Events & Shows

Members can participate in several shows thru the year including Little American Royal & Greeley Extravaganza

Join Us

We welcome any Larimer County 4-H member from ages 8-18 who are interested in learning about the dairy industry.

Larimer County Fair

Our big show! All members are required to show their animal during the county fair in July/August

Welcome to the Larimer County 4-H Dairy Project

The Larimer County 4-H Dairy project is open to all Larimer County 4-H members interested in learning about the dairy industry. We hold workshops, visit area dairies and participate in the Larimer County Fair.

Our Leader, Shari

I was almost literally
born in a dairy barn!

I was almost literally born in a dairy barn! It was on the historic Willis Farm in Timnath, CO. My dad was milking cows and my mom was in the barn waiting for him to get done because I was on the way! Cows came first. When I was 2, my father went in partnership with another family and we had East Glade Dairy in Masonville, CO. In 4th grade, we sold out and after a little more than a year, we started Homestead Dairy in Bellvue, CO. I started showing Dairy cattle in 1972. At 14, I got a loan through the Jr. FHA program and bought 14 head of cows. My herd grew to 40 before we had to sell the dairy in 1983 (a hard time for many dairy farmers in the area.) I was also on the Larimer County Dairy Judging team for several years and even went to Nationals one year.
I won the State Dairy Enterprise award through FFA and went on to win in the regional division. My family started working for DHIA (Dairy Herd Improvement Association) following the sale of the dairy, and I continued being a DHIA supervisor for 14 years. Those dairy families became part of my family and I still care for them all so much to this day. I also helped Valentine Holsteins and Haake Farms Brown Swiss, showing and picturing cattle. I was just helping out at the Larimer County Fair Dairy show and somehow got to become a county leader – and have been the County Dairy Leader since 1995!
My son Thomas showed dairy cattle and many other projects in 4-H and school and my husband helps out when he can. I have been blessed by sharing what little I know along with many other terrific leaders and sponsors with many kids through the Larimer County 4-H Dairy Program. We have an awesome bunch of kids, parents and other supporters of the 4-H dairy program every year, and that’s what continues to keep me a leader in this great program.

Bulletins & 4-H News

May Clover Connection

Registration is open for the 2023 Larimer County Fair!Registration dates: 4/21/2023 – 7/23/2023 May Clover Connection 2023

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2021 dairy extravaganza

20th Colorado Dairy Extravaganza

The Fence Post – After a COVID cancellation, the Colorado Dairy Youth Extravaganza was hosted at Weld County’s Island Grove Park on June 13-15. Nearly 70 contestants 160 head representing[…]

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When it’s all tallied, it’s Two for A Team … Results of the Royal Highland Judging Contest Announced

Last month over 30 4-H, FFA, and post-secondary students from the United States traveled to Scotland as part of the International Dairy Judging Tour. They participated in the Royal Highland[…]

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