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Advanced Apprenticeship, Dairy Herd Management - Hawthorne Valley Farm, NY

Advanced apprenticeship, dairy herd management, currently open, please see our website for details:  hawthornevalleyfarm.org

The Livestock Apprenticeship provides the foundational knowledge for beginning farmers to pursue a career in animal husbandry. The central focus of this apprenticeship is the management of a biodynamic dairy herd. The applicant must have spent one full season on a production farm and also must have experience working with livestock. Experience with cows (dairy, beef, or draft) is highly encouraged.

For this position a 2-year commitment is preferred. The first year is focused on herd management. The second year emphasizes forage management (including harvest) and equipment use & maintenance.

Activities of the Livestock Apprentice include:

  • Milking cows 6-10 times weekly and acting as lead-milker in the afternoon
  • The general maintenance of barn
  • Setting up fencing for the daily rotation of cows
  • Overseeing and delegating tasks to whole farm apprentices and the Visiting Students Program
  • Ensuring the daily feeding of young stock and pigs
  • Assisting in calving and vet checks
  • Participating in testing for cow health and milk quality
  • Monitoring cow and calf health including administering homeopathic treatments
  • Maintaining pig pastures and indoor housing
  • Managing manure

This apprentice must also work well with others, be organized, be able to multitask, and enjoy working in all outdoor conditions.

Compensation

On-site housing and a monthly stipend are provided for all apprentices (see the handbook for more details). Each apprentice has his/her own bedroom in a shared space on the farm with a communal kitchen, baths, and living space. Often, surplus Hawthorne Valley vegetables, milk, yogurt, soft cheeses, sauerkraut, bread, and meat are available for the apprentices.