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Hands-On Workshops at 59 Heifer Farm

Robert & Joy offer hands-on workshops including one-on-one as well as for families and groups. They cover the whole pathway from calving to what you can do with your milk. Robert and Joy are generous with their knowledge and everything they have experienced and learned, they are happy to teach. They hold nothing back, they will share with you their failures and discoveries. They also offer CDs for sale. Please send an email by clicking here or call (575)-586-1176 for more information or an appointment. Please download and print a waiver for participation.


Upcoming Schedule (100% off-the-Grid. Intensive, hands-on, handmilking workshops!)

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Come join Robert and Joy amongst the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Spend a weekend immersed in the world of the family cow.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn and experience dairy cows in a small farm setting. No prerequisites necessary.

Finding information about dairy cows can be difficult. The information is either from the dairy industry with the latest science but different priorities than you do, or from the lore of the old-timers which varies to the extreme.

Robert and Joy have experienced both and have come up with a balanced approach blending the best of all worlds. Their workshops are for the purpose of conveying what they've discovered and what has worked well for them and others.

This is not a workshop in veterinary science - it is a plain, ordinary English, common-sense workshop. Robert and Joy want you to gain the skills and enhanced instincts for taking care of a dairy cow, and the confidence to do so in your own home environment.

What You Can Expect to Learn and Experience

  • Supplies and Equipment
  • Handmilking and Alternatives
  • Body Mechanics for Handmilking (Feldenkrais-inspired)
  • Cow Body Language (what is your cow trying to tell you)
  • Caring for the Dairy Cow (nutrition, hoof trimming, supplements)
  • Training Techniques (leading, halter)
  • Birthing and Calving Care
  • Making Butter, Soft Cheese and Yogurt
  • Anatomy and Healthcare (CMT, mastitis, building immune systems, infections, bloat)
  • Questions and Answers

    Workshop Package Includes

  • Everyone is responsible for their own accommodation. Questa has several RV parks, and motels.
  • Prepared meals include 2 dinners, 2 lunches and snacks.
  • Workshop Leaders: Robert and Joy (in a small group setting limited to 6 people maximum)

    Workshop Cost: $489.50 (all-inclusive)

  • 50% Deposit ($244.75) 30-days prior to workshop
  • Balance ($244.75) due at workshop < Pay online by clicking the "Buy Now" button below, or mail a check or money order to:
    Five Nine Heifer Farm
    HC 81-658
    Questa, NM 87556

    Questions? Send an email to Joy & Robert: here

    * All workshops start on the first day at 3pm and end on the last day at 2pm.
    * Sorry, due to liability issues no children are permitted in Group Workshops; families by appointment only.

  • For more information
    Five Nine Heifer Farm: HC 81-658, Questa, NM 87556 | 575-586-1176
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