A perceived barrier to visiting other farms is the fact that you haven’t been invited. Yet, in our experience asking dairy producers about the possibility of visiting them has always brought a positive response. It is best to arrange the visit in advance. Also when visiting farms plan to practice good biosecurity by wearing clean boots (disposable plastic ones are best) and clothes. Know what it is that you want to learn more about and plan to take pictures if you are interested in a facility issue.
MSU Extension educator Phil Durst, who developed the YSD groups, talks about “mutual success” – it is the belief that the greatest growth to an individual comes when we help each other learn and grow. Farm visits are a great way to do that.