FARM Evaluators

FARM Animal Care evaluators are certified individuals who conduct second-party evaluations on behalf of FARM Animal Care participants. Certified individuals can be full-time, part-time or contractors through FARM Animal Care Program participants. Evaluators work alongside dairy producers to identify strengths and outline areas for improvement related to animal care.

FARM Animal Care Evaluator Trainers are individuals who are certified to not only complete second-party evaluations, but administer training for second-party evaluators.

To be qualified to complete evaluator or trainer training, trainees must meet the prerequisites detailed below in addition to completing and passing certification on an annual basis. For each version of FARM Animal Care, training must be conducted initially in person, while recertification can be complete online annually.

Scheduled trainings are listed below and on the Events page.

FARM Animal Care Evaluator and Trainer Requirements

FARM Animal Care Trainers
  • Prior to certification or re-certification, trainers must provide the FARM Program with a resume of credentials to verify they meet the minimum educational and/or experience requirements (see below):
  • Trainers should have:
    • at least two years’ experience and a bachelor’s or higher degree in dairy science; OR
    • at least 5 years’ experience and an associates/technical degree; OR
    • 15 years of on-farm experience in the dairy industry
  • Trainers should be willing to hold evaluator training sessions in their geographic area
  • Trainers are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses to and from trainings
  • Trainers must complete the Train-the-Trainer in-person course
  • Trainers must score an 80% or higher on the written exam
  • Trainers must recertify annually
  • Any new trainer must certify through an in-person training conducted by a FARM-certified trainer
  • Any trainer whose certification has been expired for over a year must re-certify through an in-person training conducted by a FARM-certified trainer
  • When a new version of FARM is released, trainers must be certified in the new version through an in-person training conducted by a FARM-certified trainer
FARM Animal Care Evaluators
  • Prior to certification or re-certification, evaluators must provide the FARM Program with a resume of credentials to verify they meet the minimum educational and/or experience requirements (see below)::
    • Evaluators should have
      • At least 2 years’ experience and a dairy science degree; OR
      • 8 years of on-farm experience in the dairy industry
    • Evaluators are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses to and from trainings
    • Evaluators must complete the Evaluator in-person course
    • Evaluators must score an 80% or higher on the written exam
    • Evaluators must recertify annually
  • Any new evaluator must certify through an in-person training conducted by a FARM-certified trainer
  • Any evaluator whose certification has been expired for over a year must re-certify through an in-person training conducted by a FARM-certified trainer
  • When a new version of FARM is released, all evaluators must be certified in the new version through an in-person training conducted by a FARM-certified trainer
  • Evaluators must score an 80% or higher on the written exam
  • Evaluators must recertify on an annual basis. Re-certification can occur in-person or through online training.

The National Dairy FARM Program host 2-3 in-person trainings annually. Please visit our Events page for upcoming trainings.