Farmers and Consumers Learn about Quality Raw Milk Operations
As the demand for raw milk grows, new producers are needed. Through Raw Milk University, producers of all sizes can learn about how to produce raw milk in a safe and economically-sound manner.
Raw Milk University is for producers who want to learn about what is important in starting a raw milk dairy or improving any dairy and/or raw milk operation. The series gives participants the opportunity to learn from experts in the raw milk community and offers sessions specifically for cow producers and goat producers, as well as an Open Forum where attendees can lead the discussion and ask questions directly to the experts on any topic that is of concern to them.
Raw milk consumers are welcome to attend the webinars, too! Learn more about quality raw milk production to increase your awareness of what it takes to produce raw milk or learn how to assess your current or potential raw milk producer.
FTCF launched Raw Milk University in January 2014 with webinars discussing the basics of animals used for a raw dairy operation. If you missed these first webinars, you can purchase downloadable copies on FTCF’s website.
The series continues:
- April 9 – What and How to Feed Your Raw Milk Dairy Cow and the Microbes She Lives On
April 16 – Spring Lactation and Kid Management for the Raw Milk Dairy Goat
April 23 – Open Forum (your questions direct the discussion via conference call)
- July 9 – Milking Practices for High Quality Raw Cow Milk, Milk Room and Milking Equipment Setup and Maintenance
July 16 – Summer Dairy Goat Management in the High Production Months of Lactation and Breeding
July 23 – Open Forum (your questions direct the discussion via conference call)
- October 8 – A Holistic Review of the Raw Milk Dairy Farm and Tools Used to Properly Assess Quality and Safety
October 15 – Fall Dry Dairy Goat Management and End of Lactation
October 22 – Open Forum (your questions direct the discussion via conference call)
|January webinars were well received:
This is a fantastic opportunity. I really appreciate getting this information from experts in the raw milk community rather than having to sift through information from the conventional experts. — Georgia Brinkley
All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and run approximately for an hour and a half with ample time for Q & A after the featured presentation.
The goat sessions are presented by Sharon Wilson and the cow sessions are by Tim Wightman, both of whom are experts in their fields. Sharon owned and operated the largest raw goat dairy in Colorado (Natural Choice Dairy, LLC). She has been consulting on raw goat milk dairies nationwide for over 8 years. Sharon also presented the goat herdshare sessions for the original Cow-Share College and Goat-Share University teleconferences sponsored by FTCF, which will soon be available online for FTCLDF members.
Tim Wightman, who serves as FTCF president, is a farmer and long-time dairy and soils consultant. He consults worldwide with dairy farmers on raw milk safety and direct marketing; he also performs free consultations for FTCLDF members. Tim is the author of the “Raw Milk Production Handbook” and the presenter in the “From Grass to the Glass – Chore Time” DVD.
The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports farmers engaged in sustainable farm stewardship and promotes consumer access to raw milk and local food and gets its funding from people like you. Aside from educational activities, the foundation also provides grants to FTCLDF for public interest litigation derived from tax-deductible donations. Visit f2cfnd.org to learn more about FTCF and register for the webinar series.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hannah at [email protected]
|About the Webinars
Webinar Fees: $40.00 per session.
Save by registering for multiple sessions in an individual month – $75.00 for two sessions or $110.00 for all three sessions. Note: separate sessions over different months must be purchased separately ($40.00 each).