Dairy Grazier(Copy)

Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
GrassWorks
O*Net Code
11-9013.00
Rapids Code
2019HY
Req. Hours
30400
State
DC
Created
Apr 06, 2021
Updated
Apr 06, 2021

Time-Based Skills

7 skill sets | 65 total skills | 30400 total hours
Measure and manage pastures for optimal quality and quantity - 8800 req. hrs
Graze different cow groups according to needs
800 hrs
Allocate appropriate break of grass
800 hrs
Monitor plant health and productivity
800 hrs
Control weeds
800 hrs
Select plants, grasses, and legumes based on conditions
800 hrs
Overseed pastures
800 hrs
Renovate pastures
800 hrs
Calculate stocking rates
800 hrs
Maintain accurate pasture records
800 hrs
Illustrate plant and animal interactions and connections
800 hrs
Apply soil fertility information to pasture management decision making
800 hrs
Manage cattle appropriately-heifers/dry cows, calves, milking cows - 16000 req. hrs
Move and handle livestock safely
800 hrs
Evaluate calf needs and use current resources to meet their requirements
800 hrs
Maintain cattle specific records
800 hrs
Optimize versus maximize milk production
800 hrs
Establish cow breeding cycles
800 hrs
Manage herd health
800 hrs
Feed cattle
800 hrs
Plan for winter feeding, fall harvesting, and purchasing winter feed supplies
800 hrs
Develop contingency plans for weather, prices, and unknowns
800 hrs
Manage milking operations - 20800 req. hrs
Manage milk cow environment
800 hrs
Develop milking protocols
800 hrs
Manage milk quality
800 hrs
Milk cows
800 hrs
Perform milk testing
800 hrs
Maintain stock records
800 hrs
Assess dairy nutritional needs - 24400 req. hrs
Develop a strategy to optimize the amount of feed that comes from pasture
400 hrs
Develop a plan to extend the grazing season
400 hrs
Determine daily pasture allowance
400 hrs
Select quality feed
400 hrs
Select feed appropriate to livestock needs
400 hrs
Monitor feed, grain and supplemental nutrition
400 hrs
Store grain and supplemental feed
400 hrs
Maintain supplement feed records and information
400 hrs
Plan for winter feed needs
400 hrs
Evaluate grazing and dairy farm information for effective decision making - 26200 req. hrs
Acquire information from farm records
200 hrs
Use computer technology for dairy grazing related information gathering and analysis
200 hrs
Access information via the Internet and other sources
200 hrs
Analyze financial information related to dairy grazing operations
200 hrs
Analyze commodity pricing relationships for rotational dairy grazing (milk, fuel, feed)
200 hrs
Perform general business performance analyses based on dairy and grazing information
200 hrs
Manage financial resources based on budget and records
200 hrs
Make farm decisions based on management information systems
200 hrs
Adapt to circumstances or the environment based on reliable information
200 hrs
Manage soil and water resources for productivity and health - 29000 req. hrs
Assess soil based on type and conditions
200 hrs
Balance and maintain soil conditions and fertility for proper plant nutrient content
200 hrs
Show awareness for both organic and non-organic agronomy
200 hrs
Coordinate planting, plant growing seasons, and the environment with animal needs
200 hrs
Handle chemicals safely and in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions
200 hrs
Manage drought conditions based on soil types
200 hrs
Manage water quality based on conditions
200 hrs
Irrigate soil for optimum productivity
200 hrs
Create wildlife habitats and natural areas
200 hrs
Apply land conservation techniques based on soil and water quality
200 hrs
Illustrate the interrelationships between soil health, fertility and pasture productivity
200 hrs
Utilize integrated pest management when needed
200 hrs
Manage manure
200 hrs
Fertilize pastures
200 hrs
Manage farm business operations profitably - 30400 req. hrs
Manage time effectively
200 hrs
Plan forward
200 hrs
Coordinate custom operations
200 hrs
Retain employees
200 hrs
Recruit employees
200 hrs
Maintain good landlord and tenant relations
200 hrs
Balance profitability, family goals, and rural community impact (people, neighbors, and environment)
200 hrs

Technical Instruction

Pasture-Based Dairy and Livestock Seminar (Fall & Spring)
The Pasture-Based Dairy and Livestock Seminar will familiarize you with the development and management of pasture-based dairy and livestock farm businesses.
# | 45 hrs
Dairy Nutrition Seminar
Students will learn theory behind farming practices. Topics covered in this course include; roles of digestive nutrients, nutritional requirements at various growth stages, relationship between forage quality and nutrition, ration balancing through calculation of feed, and dry matter intake. Students will learn about various methods of feeding dairy animals, including grazing system principles. Students will also evaluate the use of dairy nutrition feed technologies.
# | 36 hrs
Dairy Health Seminar
Students will explore the animal environment and adaptation, animal health and behavior as it relates to production and non-production species. Furthermore, it will provide the student with the skills to apply basic veterinary skills, animal behavior, signs of illness, vaccination programs, heard health records, and troubleshoot basic electrical applications.
# | 36 hrs
Milk Quality Seminar
This course will provide students with a solid background in producing quality milk and utilizing good herd health management practices. Students will be introduced to milking systems and components, milk procedures, sanitation, diseases, udder anatomy, and milk secretion. Students will be exposed to milk quality practices globally.
# | 36 hrs
Organic Soils, Nutrients, and Composting
Functional soil is the foundation of organic systems. Build robust healthy soil through organic matter, micro-organisms, and nutrient cycling. Explore composting techniques, organic fertilizer sources, soil fertility testing, balancing.
# | 17 hrs
Pasture Walks
Pasture walks with dairy grazing specialists will share best practices and grazing skills to apprentices during their apprenticeship.
# | 0 hrs
Introduction to Animal/Dairy Science
Introduction to the basics of livestock management. Management of the Dairy herd with concentration on nutrition, feedstuffs classification, reproduction, genetics, animal behavior, animal health, and sustainable agriculture practices.
# | 72 hrs
Spring Grazing Conference
Annual 2-day spring conference will provide apprentices with an opportunity to network with other dairy graziers and learn current practices and farm trends. Contact Grassworks for information.
# | 0 hrs
Farm Discussion Groups
Small group discussions with other graziers will explore best practices, emerging trends, new approaches to dairy production and grazing operations.
# | 0 hrs