Dairy Grazier

Program Name: 
Dairy Grazier Apprenticeship

The dairy industry is an important part of Wisconsin's economy, its culture, and its future. Today the state has about 12,000 dairy farms, but each year 500 of those farms go out of business. 

The average age of farmers is 57 years old and many of these farmers do not have an identified successor. Meanwhile, aspiring dairy farmers face significant barriers to farm ownership. If farm loss continues at the current rate, the dairy industry and the rural communities that depend on it could be decimated in a generation. 

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship—the first accredited Apprenticeship for farming in the nation—was specifically created to address this challenge.

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Training Details: 
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is composed of 4,000 paid hours of training over two years (the equivalent of a full-time job). 3,712 hours are on-the-job experience under the guidance of a Master Dairy Grazier. The apprentice will have a job book to document tasks that they have mastered. The other 288 of those hours are paid related instruction. 
Application Requirements: 
• Must have high school diploma or higher or GED, or a composite score on the ACT of at least 18, or comparable Accuplacer test scores in math and reading.
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations and without hazard to themselves or others.
• Must have reliable transportation to and from work and school.
Hands-on - This will be a combination of classroom and training on a job-site.
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  • Program can be completed entirely online at this college.
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