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Dairy Specialist

Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Oakwood Dairy, LLC
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Time-Based Skills

5 skill sets | 28 total skills
Health and Safety - 500 req. hrs
Safety Compliance.
Handling Hazardous Materials.
OSHA Safety Regulations.
Animal Handling - 200 req. hrs
Safely handle animals in compliance with animal welfare standards and industry/farm related protocols.
Basic Equipment Operation - 300 req. hrs
Setup, adjust, and troubleshoot equipment and machines.
Clean and sanitize milking and farm equipment according to regulations.
Operate farm equipment including but not limited to skidsteers and tractors.
Perform basic repair of equipment.
Herd/Calf Management - 2500 req. hrs
Assess/monitor animals for health and illness.
Treat and care for treatment of sick of lame animals.
Handle and restrain animals according to industry protocols.
Feed animals based on life stage nutritional needs.
Analyze herd production records and data to improve milk production and cow care.
Maintain/improve herd health through best practice.
Assist the veterinarian with herd health checks.
Oversee vaccination protocols.
Oversee animal care testing/protocols including blood draws, ketosis testing, genomic sampling, tagging, dehorning.
Assist in the general care and maintenance of the animals as needed but not limited to cleaning, bedding, and feeding.
Track weaning and feeding dates.
Assess animal locomotion and hock scoring.
Animal Reproduction - 2300 req. hrs
Monitor reproduction data.
Artificially inseminate cows.
Maintain estrous synchronization program.
Train others in artificial insemination.
Assist in calving.
Manage fresh cows.
Assess dry cow dates and treat dry cows.
Assist with newborn calf care and colostrum management.

Technical Instruction

Safety - 14 req. hrs
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – MUST comply with Section 201-g of the Labor Law
Proper animal handling and restraint
Animal welfare
Recommended OSHA 10 hour or 30 hour course
General workplace safety
Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Fall protection
Ladder Safety
Proper lifting techniques
Right to Know/Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Annual hazard material communication training
Fire extinguisher training
Equipment safe operation practices
Confined space training
Safety around working machines
Proper storage, handling, and administration of biological and chemical substances including government agency compliance
Emergency response training
Animal Health - 24 req. hrs
Basic Nutrition Management
Assess and select appropriateness of feeds
Monitor and assess feeding quantities, including dry matter
Maintain feed records and information
Young stock management
Assess animals for behaviors that indicate illness
Monitor body condition of animals
Hoof and hock assessment
Follow protocols to properly tag, dehorn, blood test animals
Establish and maintain vaccination protocols
Food Safety - 14 req. hrs
Follow cleaning and sanitizing protocols to manage the milk environment
Manage milk quality
Milk cows according to health and safety protocols
Multi-Cultural Communications - 8 req. hrs
Spanish or other foreign language (if applicable)
Multi-cultural Awareness
Reproduction Genetics - 14 req. hrs
Basic anatomy and physiology
Estrous cycles and synchronization programs
Heat monitoring and evaluation
Record Keeping
Mechanical Skills - 14 req. hrs
Basic Robotics
Basic mechanical repair
Equipment Operation: tractor, skidsteer operation
Computer Skills - 14 req. hrs
Basic networking
Data analysis
Management Skills - 14 req. hrs
Self-management and interpersonal skills
Continuous improvement methods
Professional etiquette/communication with the public
Supervisory leadership
Project management
Business Skills - 14 req. hrs
Farm business management including farm profitability
Inventory Management
Other Workplace Skills - 8 req. hrs
Problem solving and critical thinking
Sexual harassment prevention training
Techniques in workplace efficiency/time management
Effectively communicates with consumers about practice and protocols
Animal industry knowledge and awareness training

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