As dairy producers update their barns and milking facilities and add more cows to their herds they need consistent, reliable employees who have been trained in modern dairy practices and have the skills to complete the many tasks associated with the various aspects of the dairy operation.
The award winning Dairy Workers’ Skills Training modules created by the University of Wisconsin-Extension Dairy Team has been updated to include a Feeder Skills module – a two-part training module for the beginning and advanced dairy feeder.
The initial two presentations, complimentary handouts and accompanying video will help feeders master the basics of feeding dairy cows. The third presentation, additional handouts and spreadsheets are designed to take an experienced feeder past the basics and focus on quality control of mixing feed.
The training modules are usable for individual farm trainings or group meetings. Generally, training is conducted in small groups at an on-farm location and incorporates both a lecture and hands-on activities and includes the teacher and a translator.
Similar to the other training modules in this series, teaching materials include instructions on how to conduct training meetings as well as presentation slides with voice-over in English and/or Spanish describing the importance of the skill being trained, speaker notes, handouts, certificates of completion, and evaluation forms for participants and employers.
Other Dairy Workers’ Training modules cover milking skills, reproductive skills, calf management skills, and herdsmanship skills.
For additional information about the Dairy Worker’s Training Program or to order materials, please contact Zen Miller, Outagamie County UW-Extension dairy and livestock agent at (920) 832-5119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tina Kohlman, Sheboygan County UW-Extension dairy and livestock agent at (920) 459-5916 or email@example.com.