Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers - Center for ...


Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers - Center for ...

About the school

This one-year certificate course provides

opportunities for classroom instruction,

on-farm internships, field training,

mentoring, and networking with

experienced grass-based dairy farmers. By

enrolling in the Wisconsin School for

Beginning Dairy Farmers, you take an

important step towards a successful career

in grass-based dairy farming.

Support for the school comes from the

sponsors, the Natural Resource Conservation

Service, private endowments, and

contributions through the UW Foundation,

WSBDF fund, and Mike Cannell

Scholarship Fund.

The WSBDF is conducted in cooperation

with GrassWorks, Inc., Cooperative

Extension, UW-Extension, the Wisconsin

Technical College System, and the Wisconsin

Department of Agriculture, Trade and

Consumer Protection Farm Link Service.


The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy

Farmers (WSBDF) requires you to:

• have a strong desire to become a dairy


• have a serious interest in management

intensive grazing

Some previous experience in agriculture is

appropriate. However, we also consider

students who show a strong desire to begin

a grass-based dairy and who have other


To apply

For an application packet, fill out the

application request form or call Patricia

Haza, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems:

(608) 262-5200, e-mail

phaza@facstaff.wisc.edu For information

about the school, call Richard Cates, WSBDF

Coordinator: (608) 588-2836, e-mail

rlcates@facstaff.wisc.edu or visit http://


To be considered for full scholarship opportunities,

you must submit your application

by April 1. Applications will be accepted

through the summer until the class is full.

Farm and Industry Short Course instruction,

including the WSBDF dairy grazing seminar,

begins mid-November and runs through

March. Two- to six-month-long internships

can begin at any time to accommodate

student needs. Workshops, conferences, and

pasture walks occur throughout the year.

Call (608) 263-3918 for information on the

Farm and Industry Short Course.





Dairy Far



Emphasizing management intensive

grazing and dairy farm business start up

Giving you a head start in

grass-based dairy farming

through flexible classes,

internships, and

networking opportunities

Sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated

Agricultural Systems and the Farm and Industry Short

Course, both within the College of Agricultural and

Life Sciences; with additional support from the USDA

Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental

Quality Incentives Program, the Grazing Lands

Conservation Initiative, and the Pesticide Use and

Risk Reduction Project.

You bring your interest and hopes for your grass-based farm...

we’ll help you with the rest.

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers wants to make it easier

for interested, qualified individuals to get started in dairying. We are looking

for people interested in establishing their own grass-based dairy operation.

What do we offer?

• Weekly Grass-Based Dairy Seminar led

by experienced graziers and UW faculty

• Distance education option with live

seminar presentations and class materials

on our Web site

• Optional internships on Wisconsin

grass-based dairy farms

• Optional additional coursework in the

17-week Farm and Industry Short Course

including dairy and farm business


• Events and resources to introduce you to

grass-based farmers—conferences,

pasture walks, and Internet exchanges

• Scholarship opportunities

• Assistance in identifying opportunities to

start your own farm

Grass-Based Dairy Seminar

The Grass-Based Dairy Seminar is designed

to familiarize students with the development

and management of a grass-based dairy

farm business. The course is conducted

weekly, November through March, at UW-

Madison and is separated into three terms.

Topics include economic, environmental,

and agronomic principles of managed grazing;

milking center design; farm selection;

winter housing strategies; herd health;

developing a business plan; and more.

Distance education

Off-campus students with appropriate

computer hardware can join the Grass-Based

Dairy Seminar online. By logging onto the

seminar Internet site, students can participate

in live presentations and ask questions of the

instructors in the classroom and individuals at

other distance ed sites. Before and after each

seminar session, students will have access to

speaker handouts, photographs, Power Point

presentations, and class materials on the

seminar Web site. Contact us for more

information on the costs, availability, and

technical requirements of this program.


Students who choose an internship reside on

the farms of one or more veteran graziers

who serve as teachers and mentors. Students

can complete up to six months of internship

with scholarship support.

Through supervised work experiences,

interns learn the management skills of grassbased

dairying, including pasture and water

systems, paddock design and cattle rotations,

milking and animal shelter systems, breeding

and calving regimes, and financial and labor

management. Students who demonstrate

competency in these areas receive letters of

recommendation from their farmer mentors

and a certificate of completion.

Please send me an application packet!

Name ________________________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________________

City _______________________________________ State __________________ Zip _______________

Phone ( ) ______________________________________________________________________

__ Please send me information on the distance education option.

Clip and mail this application request to: Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers, c/o CIAS,

1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Remember! The deadline for applications is April 1 to be

considered for full scholarship opportunities.

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