The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
can give you the edge you need to succeed in the pasture-based dairy and livestock industries. It is the only program of its kind in the nation. We offer our specialized training through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours. We strongly emphasize the business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful farm business. Classroom instruction at the school runs from the middle of November through the end of March — and our students typically participate in internships from April through July. For more information, visit the school's website
Passing Along Farm Knowledge: A Mentor-Intern Handbook for Dairy and Livestock Farmers
This handbook include a wealth of practical information for both mentors and interns. It will help you successfully navigate every step of an on-farm internship including planning and goal setting, scheduling and communication during the internship, ending the internship, and more. [...more]
UW-Madison School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers Receives its Largest-Ever Endowment Gift
The UW-Madison”s School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers has received its biggest contribution ever—a gift of $50,000 pledged by FCS Financial Services, a farmer-owned financial services cooperative based in Wausau.
The gift will support increased programming and initiatives, such as distance education classrooms, internships and mentoring, for this one-of-a-kind program for beginning and transitioning farmers.
Program [...] [...more]
New Zealand internships provide eye-opening experience
“I must say it was the hardest I’ve ever worked for free, but somehow I really didn’t mind. I knew that the knowledge I gained was priceless.”
Those are the words of Mike Tomandl who recently completed a dairy farm internship in New Zealand. He and fellow intern Joe Heimerl went to New Zealand in July [...] [...more]
Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers CD set
Learn about grass-based dairying from the comfort of your home with the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers CD set!
You can view the Grass-Based Dairy Seminar sessions taught by grass farmers, UW and Extension faculty, and other professionals right on your home computer. This seminar is designed to familiarize you with the principles and practices [...] [...more]
Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers (Research Brief #37)
Wisconsin has suffered dramatic losses in numbers of dairy farms. While the decrease in part includes large numbers of retiring dairy farmers, the lack of young people entering dairy farming is an even more significant factor in the decline. To reverse that trend a creative approach is needed to make dairy farming more attractive.
The Wisconsin [...] [...more]