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Dairy Farm Apprenticeship Program

 Dairy Farm Apprenticeship Program Details

CAEP Dairy Farm Apprenticeship Program participants get the opportunity to be involved in most aspects of the operation including milking, feeding, cleaning, record keeping, harvesting forage and grain, treatment of sick animals, and waste disposal/sanitation. Dairy Apprenticeship Program participants may be involved with the hosts' breeding and nutrition program as well. Dairy set-ups have either a tie-stall/stanchion barn or a free stall and parlor set-up.

This program can include:

  • Operation-milking
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning
  • Record keeping
  • Harvesting forage and grain
  • Treatment of sick animals
  • Waste disposal/sanitation

Program Availability:

Year-round.

Skills

Some of the skills learned on this program may include:

  • Care and feeding of dairy cattle
  • Ration balancing
  • Pasture management
  • Herd health management
  • Herd reproductive management
  • Marketing of crops, livestock and livestock products
  • Operation of farm machinery and on-road vehicles
  • Seed, fertilizer, and crop protection decisions
  • Harvesting and drying crops
  • Financial management including computer income and expense records, depreciation and capital purchases and sales
  • Exposure to the American way of life and business

*Actual skills learned will vary by placement and previous experience

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