Dairy and Livestock Farming in Wisconsin
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, and your best resource for an education in pasture-based dairy and livestock farming.
The school has been designed to provide the opportunity for motivated individuals to educate themselves about pasture-based dairy and livestock farming. We offer our specialized training through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours of pasture-based farms managed by successful graduates and mentors. 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, though those dates are flexible.
Nothing surrounding the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers is ever a solitary effort. The School gives you access to a network of experienced pasture-based dairy and livestock farmers with a passion for helping new farmers get started. Years after your graduation, you'll still be able to pick up the telephone and call the friends you made at the school - students and instructors - for advice, assistance, or even just to chat.
The school has grown out of cooperation between the Farm and Industry Short Course program and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, a university considered by many to have the finest agricultural tradition of any institution in the country. Participating in the School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers gives you all the opportunities afforded any other student at the UW - including access to the top-notch athletic, library, and computer facilities on campus.
A distance education option allows students to enroll and participate via live interactive webcast and audio feed at one of several other Wisconsin locations listed below.
A local facilitator leads the distance education seminar at each site, provides networking with area farmers and resource personnel, and conducts a discussion session each week.
Appleton: Randy Tenpas, Fox Valley Technical College, 920-735-5673; firstname.lastname@example.org
Eau Claire: Maria Bendixen, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 715-937-5058; email@example.com
Elkhorn: Peg Reedy, UW-Extension, Walworth County, 262-741-4961; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fennimore: JoAnn Peterson, Southwest Technical College, 608-577-0221; email@example.com
Green Bay: Valerie Dantoin-Adamski, Northeast Technical College, 920-498-5568; firstname.lastname@example.org
Independence/Sparta: Brad Sirianni, Western Technical College, 715-533-8081; email@example.com
La Crosse or Lewiston, MN (site TBD): Aimee Finley, Western Technical College, 507-273-7722; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladysmith: Rich Toebe, UW-Extension, Rusk County, 715-532-2151; email@example.com
Medford: Sandy Stuttgen, UW-Extension, Taylor County, 715-748-3327; firstname.lastname@example.org
Menominee: Mark Denk, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 715-577-3036; email@example.com
Prairie du Chien: Vance Haugen, UW-Extension, Crawford County, 608-326-0223; firstname.lastname@example.org
Reedsburg: Doug Marshall, MATC-Reedsburg, 608-524-7727; email@example.com
Spooner/Siren: Otto Wiegand, UW-Extension, Washburn, Sawyer and Burnett Counties, 715-635-3506; firstname.lastname@example.org
Waupaca: Lynn Jerrett, Fox Valley Technical College, 920-831-4387; email@example.com
Wausau: Victoria Pietz, North Central Technical College, 715-803-1414; firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
Your support can help the School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers
train new farmers. Gifts received will be used to create an endowment
program and also will immediately go to work in a variety of ways, including:
For more information, see our brochure on Becoming a Friend of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (PDF document).
Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers. The 12th annual Ride to Farm will take place on June 6, 2015. For more information, visit the Ride to Farm website.
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If you're interested in pasture-based dairy and livestock farming, we invite you to investigate
the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers. We love
and motivated individuals attend our classes and join our network. We
can help you jumpstart your career in pasture-based dairy or livestock farming.
"The most beneficial thing by far was the network of people I metóclassmates and mentorsówho are actively farming. I learned from what they are doing and compared those things to what I am doing."
Joe Heimerl, program graduate