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Dairy program provides opportunities for inmates

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Published: Jun. 27, 2017 at 7:52 PM CDT
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WAUPUN, Wis. (WMTV) -- It was graduation day for eight inmates after they successfully completed a program focused on dairy farming on Tuesday.

Emmanuel, a program participant, said the program provided him with the skills he needs to work on a dairy farm.

"You break it down and dissect the anatomy of a cow, milking procedures, and different diseases you can get from milk," he said.

The Dairy Worker Training Program is an eight-week long certification program done in partnership with Moraine Park Technical College.

Lt. Governor Kleefisch said the program will give inmates the opportunity to work in Wisconsin's growing dairy industry.

"There are over 300 dairy jobs and only eight of you," she said during her graduation ceremony remarks. "We need to do this over and over and more and more"

This is the first prison program in Wisconsin that focuses on agriculture, said Wes Ray, Director of the Bureau of Correctional Enterprises.

"They learned all about herd feeding, health management, the milking process, and the lactation cycle," he said.

Program coordinators are looking into continuing the program for inmates in the future.

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