The Dairy Herdsperson Apprenticeship program at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus welcomed their first class of students this September.
The class consists of 11 students that are working as apprentices on dairy farms across Ontario.
Students in the Dairy Herdsperson Apprenticeship program spend four days per month doing in-class training from September to April, for two years.
The in-class training and theory focus on Applied Farm Practices, Milking Practices, Feeding Practices, Herd Health Maintenance, Routine Herd Maintenance, Farm Mechanical and Electrical Systems, and Farm Mechanical Equipment.
To participate, students secure a job with a dairy farm employer and then contact their local Employment Ontario Apprenticeship Office to apply and sign a Training Agreement.
During the in-class component of their training, students also tour various dairy farms and dairy industry businesses to gain a broader understanding of the dairy sector in Ontario.
Students had a presentation and tour of Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd. In Wallenstein, Ontario, on Friday, October 6.