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How Now Backyard Cow (Goat and Sheep)! A 4-part workshop series on very small-scale backyard dairy management

January 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

$35 – $60

Jan 28 – Feb 18, 2020
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

This four-class series is for those interested in owning a dairy animal to provide milk for home use. If you currently have a milk cow (or goat or sheep) or are thinking about raising them, this program will help you with the basics on animal production and management. This class will not cover rules and regulations for selling milk or milk products.

Nutrition & Feeding (January 28): Feeding animals is usually the biggest expense in keeping them. We will cover nutrition and feeding of ruminant animals for milk production. Topics will include nutritional requirements of different life stages, basic pasture management, winter forages, and other diet components.

Facilities & Manure Management (February 4): We want facilities that keep animals healthy and that are functional for the manager. We’ll discuss bedding options, accommodating animal handling, and considerations for inclement weather. Manure (nutrients for soil!) needs to be handled using environmentally-friendly methods that enhance your property instead of polluting it. We’ll discuss manure storage and options for using the nutrients to enhance soil.

Milking & Milk Handling Procedures (February 11): If your goals include keeping your animal healthy and providing safe, high-quality milk for your family, you need to know about procedures that maintain udder health and human health.

Health & Reproduction (February 18): The health and reproduction of your animal are critical to not only maintain milk supply, but to ensure animal welfare and longevity. We’ll discuss vaccinations, parasite control, mastitis, reproductive management, and newborn care.