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For Gareth van der Heyden and the folks at Grassland Consultants, LLC, it’s all about attracting, recruiting, training and retaining good people to manage the grazing farms the company owns in Missouri and New Zealand.

That’s why Van der Heyden is interested in working with the Dairy Apprenticeship Program of Grassworks Inc., the nation’s only dairy apprenticeship program, based in Medford. Van der Heyden’s program includes a dozen Missouri farms where 60 employees milk 7,000 cows on 10,400 acres.

Van der Heyden was a keynote speaker Jan. 15 at the 23rd annual Grazing Conference sponsored by GrassWorks, Inc. About 300 people from 13 states attended the three-day event in Wisconsin Dells.

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