March 17: Tim Wightman Seminar

This is not a Eugene Chapter event, but we post the information here as a service to our local members.  For additional information, please contact Charlotte Smith.

Recommended by the Eugene Chapter Leader:
“I have heard Tim Wightman speak several times at Wise Traditions Conferences, and I went to one of these trainings last November. I can say that it is a wonderful opportunity to go listen to such an experienced dairy person. I highly recommend it to farmers, and I recommend it to consumers so that you know what to look for in your milk producer.  Tim Wightman covers the practical aspects of what it takes to make healthy, delicious, nutrient-dense milk.  Healthy cows don’t happen by accident, and just because milk is “raw” doesn’t mean that it is full of all the nutrients that could be available to us.  Please urge your farmer to attend!”

In order to support our local raw milk producers attending this event, the Eugene Chapter is offering scholarships. Please contact us (email Lisa at: if you are interested in attending but cannot afford the (very reasonable) cost.

Tim Wightman Seminar
Sunday, March 17th, 2013, 10 AM – 3 PM
$35/person & $10/12-17 yrs.
Checks payable to ORMPA

The training will include all of the following:

  • Introduction of ORMPA’s common standards, phase 1, and detailed explanation of how to meet those standards to be assured you are properly producing safe/healthy raw milk.
  • Understanding what the milk quality tests are that are recommended by ORMPA including
    1. how to properly handle a milk sample for the test
    2. Understand what a standard plate count & coliform count is and how to read it
  • Tim will give a detailed demonstration on a cow about how to properly prep a cow and udder for milking, then post milking care
  • Learn how to prepare the equipment for milking
  • See how to properly clean and sanitize the milking equipment post-milking including the proper solutions for cleaning/sanitizing
  • Hear how to deal with a chronically messy cow
  • Gain more knowledge on animal behavior so we understand and can predict their actions and be better prepared
  • Learn how to best handle milking during our rainy, muddy winters/springs in Oregon
  • Tim will instruct on how to best transition the cow back onto pasture in early spring
  • And of course, answer the myriad questions that arise
  • This training is appropriate for all cow/goat producers currently milking or thinking about getting into raw milk production either to sell or just to supply your own family

These trainings have been popular and well attended and the feedback afterwards on advancements made is wonderful to hear!!

Please send payment by March 9th so we have an idea of attendance – we have space for about 40 max. Hope to see you March 17th!

Charlotte Smith

Oregon Raw Milk Producers Association (ORMPA)

7798 Champoeg Rd NE
St. Paul, OR 97137

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