Dairy Goat Herd Management Certificate

Certificate Information

The Southwest Tech Dairy Goat Herd Management Certificate is a non-degree certificate that includes the following components:

  • 11 online courses
  • A two-day annual Dairy Goat Academy providing hands-on training
  • 120-hour mentorship program

An experienced producer or novice goat farmer can enroll in the certificate to fine tune their farm management skills and gain the knowledge to support a full-time commercial dairy goat operation. A student may choose to take just one course or the whole certificate. The courses average 5 hours in length and can be taken anywhere! The student will gain skills needed to begin, maintain, manage, and profit from a commercial dairy goat operation. The program includes presentations from speakers of expertise offering their knowledge and experiences in the commercial goat industry.

  • Speakers of Expertise offering advice and knowledge
  • Courses completely online
  • Hands on academy and mentorship program

Earn a non-degree certificate in dairy goat herd management to develop your management skills to own and operate a dairy goat operation.

Courses – no application required!

Dairy Goat Herd Management Online Courses Schedule Round 3

We are excited to announce the upcoming schedule of online courses to begin August 20! We are adding new guest speaker presentations to all the courses for this upcoming round!

August 20-Sept 14

  • Introduction to the Goat Industry
  • Dairy Goat Genetics and Selection
  • Reproduction and Breeding Program

Sept 17-Oct 12

  • Goat Business Promotion and Marketing
  • Farm Records and Financial Management
  • Goat Kid Management

Oct 15-Nov 9

  • Introduction to the Goat Industry
  • Dairy Goat Herd Health
  • Dairy Goat Nutrition

Nov 12- Dec 7

  • Writing a business Plan for Your Dairy Goat Operation
  • Milking Facilities and Housing
  • Goat Records and Analysis

2018 Dairy Goat Academy September 28 & 29

Registration is now open! 2018 Academy Schedule

Save the Date for our 2018 Dairy Goat Academy! September 28 & 29! We are very excited to be teaming up with the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association to make this year’s conference even better! We will be offering 2 days of Meat goat specific programing as well as 2 days and 3 breakout sessions of Dairy Goat Training!

Featured presenters- Dr Paul Plummer, Jim Gage, Morgan Allen, Dr. Amy Robinson, Dr. Tera Montgomery and More!

Presentation Topics- Securing Grants and financing, WDGA Producer Panel, Farm Tours, Social Media Marketing, Hands on Fecal Sampling Training, Extended Length Lactations, Coccidia Management, Marketing Meat Goats, Meat Goat Parasite Management and much more!

120 Hour On-Farm Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program will begin spring 2018 with 2 courses offered per semester (spring, summer, and fall). This is the third component of our certificate program and students have 3 years to complete the certificate, with the 11 online courses, attendance at one of our 2 day Dairy Goat Academy’s as well as all 6 mentorship courses (totaling 120 hours). This mentorship can be taken anywhere in the country thanks to a partnership with ADGA.

  • 40 Hours - Kidding Season split between 2 farms
  • 10 Hours - Breeding Season
  • 24 Hours - Milking Only
  • 23 Hours - Student Choice
  • 23 Hours - General Chores

Instructor: Clare Heberlein

Clare Heberlein

Clare Heberlein

Dairy Goat Herd Management Coordinator/Instructor

Clare and her husband Jason and their growing family own and operate a commercial dairy goat operation outside of Fennimore, Wisconsin. The Heberleins milk 300 dairy goats in their custom made facilities since 2010. Clare has grown up with the goat industry. She began raising her herd of show Alpine does at nine years old. She still maintains that same show herd of goats and manages the herd health needs of their commercial operation. Clare and Jason have a passion for goats and the industry and can often be found promoting the goat in whatever way possible.

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