Welcome to National Dairy Shrine Website

Broad based support for the dairy industry

National Dairy Shrine brings together dairy producers, scientists, students, educators, technical consultants, marketers and others who share a desire to preserve our dairy heritage and keep the dairy industry strong. Founded in 1949 by a small group of visionary dairy leaders, National Dairy Shrine now has nearly 20,000 lifetime members that encompass virtually every facet of the dairy industry.

National Dairy Shrine missions

  1. To Honor Past and Present Leaders of the Dairy Industry in the National Dairy Hall of Fame
  2. To Inspire Future Dairy Leaders with scholarships & educational encouragements
  3. To Record Significant Dairy Events and Achievements at a Dairy Museum that provides education, historical preservation and an enjoyable visitor experience
  4. To Highlight the Dairy Industry's Positive Contributions to Society.

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How National Dairy Shrine helps the dairy industry

Annually NDS provides more than $40,000 in awards and scholarships for 2 year and 4 year college students and leading young dairy enthusiasts. We recognize both current and past industry leaders in the National Dairy Hall of Fame. National Dairy Shrine also provides financial support for the National 4-H Dairy Conference and the National Dairy Quiz Bowl.

Funds for these activities come from lifetime membership fees, sales of dairy related articles, investment income from our endowment fund and voluntary contributions from members and leading dairy industry companies.

Social events sponsored by National Dairy Shrine include an annual reception and awards banquet at the site of our annual meeting. There are also receptions at other industry events. These activities provide networking opportunities for students as well as active dairy industry participants.

The National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin showcases the past, present and future of the dairy industry. By utilizing multi-media presentations you can view the history of the dairy industry as well as see the sustainable impact of the modern dairy industry. The extensive collection of personal videos, dairy artifacts, national champion cow photos, a historic dairy timeline and national trophies all highlight and preserve significant events in the dairy industry. The well stocked Joe Eves library of dairy related books and our irreplaceable personal video archives are a real treasure. Finally this is the home of the National Dairy Hall of Fame, a display of the most significant leaders and innovators in the dairy industry.

The most important people in the National Dairy Shrine organization are the hundreds of NDS members who provide thousands of hours of time by volunteering to help screen award and scholarship applications, solicit new NDS members, aid in fund raising, writing news releases and newsletter articles, organizing the annual meeting and awards banquet and leading tours and providing help at the Museum. If you would like to join this volunteer effort please inform the office or any of the Board of Directors about your willingness to give back to the industry that has given so much to everyone.