An opportunity for on-farm, hands-on experience with dairy livestock
SFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development program is offering a new class, “Introduction to Homestead Dairy.” 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.
The next class will be listed here when it is announced.
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
Wear clothing appropriate for working with animals: closed-toe shoes, gloves, long pants.
‘Introduction to Homestead Dairy’ is led by Sue Wika, Ph.D., and Tom Prieve, DVM, both instructors of the SFA Deep Roots Farmer Development Program.
Here’s what student Amy Fenn had to say about her experience in Introduction to Homestead Dairy:
“I wanted to send a hearty thanks for the wonderful day I had on your farm during the Homestead Dairy class. I pretty much just thought everything was totally awesome all day long. I love that I was able to try milking both the cow and goats; I had unofficially banned goats from my farm plan, but the experience on your farm has me thinking goats are where it’s at. Your simple hand-milking set-up is beautiful, and the difference in the milks is interesting (The cooler you loaned me worked great and we drank all that milk with reverence). I hadn’t expected to be invited to spend the day, but it was a fantastically fun, great experience. It’s a huge scary decision to try and start a farm with no farming background, and days like the one I spent with you guys make the decision feel “right” and less scary; so thank you for your generosity of the whole day. And patient instruction. And delicious food. And delightful company. In sum: neat neat neat!”