Dairy Care Academy
Dairy Care Academy is a free MMPA animal care training program for farm owners and employees. Designed to help farms meet Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program training requirements, it also educates employees and improves performance. Traditionally, the day-long training opportunity takes place across the state and includes three sessions: proper milking practices, stockmanship and calf care. In addition, the program teaches animal care training best practices, provides hands-on learning and improves employee performance on the farm.
Virtual Dairy Care Academy
In 2021, like many other programs, Dairy Care Academy will provide the same quality training in a virtual setting. The training, scheduled for March 2, is a virtual replication of traditional Dairy Care Academy programming, covering the topics of milking practices, calf management and dairy stockmanship. After completion, participants in attendance will receive a certificate of completion and each member farm will receive a list of their employees who attended to meet FARM program training documentation needs. Registration is required to attend.
On-Demand, Online Training
In addition to the virtual training, MMPA members have access to an on-demand, FARM program compliant online training platform that covers the traditional Dairy Care Academy topics of Milking Practices, Calf Management and Dairy Stockmanship along with the latest FARM program required training areas of Euthanasia, Non-Ambulatory Animal Management and Fitness to Transport.
This training resource is available year-round for unlimited use. To access the online platform, visit the member portal and select the Dairy Care Academy link on the homepage or ask your member representative for details.
We understand that virtual training does not work for all farms. Going forward, on-farm trainings are still available. Contact your member representative if you are interested in classroom-style or other training opportunities.
Why attend Dairy Care Academy?
Successful dairy operations rely on quality employee training because training keeps all animal caretakers on task and performing best practices. Dairy Care Academy teaches farm employees how to provide excellent care to animals. Farms that benefit the most from Dairy Care Academy training are those that commit to incorporating best procedures taught to employees on their farm. Setting expectations and evaluating adherence to procedures long-term are surefire ways to build a successful farm team.