SFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development program is offering a new class, “Introduction to Homestead Dairy,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., July 24, at Paradox Farm in Ashby, Minn. If you’re wondering about adding a dairy component to your enterprise or would like more information to guide your current dairy practices, this course might be for you.
This course introduces students to the topic of homestead dairy farming. Topics of discussion will include:
- Holistic management: How dairy can fit with a homestead life
- Animal selection
- Managing the dairy animal (nutrition, breeding)
- Basic equipment
- Buildings/Structures and logistics
- Milk handling and processing
The lecture and discussion course is 6-9 p.m. Class limited to 8 people. Fee: $60 (Farm Skills 101 graduates $30).
For those who would like hands-on experience with milking and animal handling, two milking labs will be offered: 7-10 a.m., Saturday, 25 July, and 7-10 a.m., Sunday, 26 July. Each lab is limited to 2 people. Milking lab fee: $60 (Farm Skills 101 graduates $30)
In case of a sellout more classes may be added. Visit www.sfa-mn.org/deeproots or watch SFA Connect for additional class announcements.