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Since this is a rather broad topic i think it needs broken down.

Dairying- butter
Dairying- cheese
Dairying- yogurt
Dairying- other??

Yogurt
* white belt: make 10 Qt yogurt, can use bought cultures, can use bought thickening agents,...?
* green belt: make 100 Qt yogurt, cannot use bought cultures (use your yogurt "mother"), cannot use bought thickening agents,...?

-*-*- I have very little experience with making yogurt so by all means toss in ideas! (:

Cheese
* white belt: make 10 lbs farmers cheese (ie simplest soft cheese, just milk, vinegar/lemon juice, salt/season).
* yellow belt: make 10 lbs of three differently seasoned farmers cheese

-*-*- I only really have experience making farmers cheese. Toss in ideas! (:

Butter
* white belt: make 3 lbs butter
* yellow belt: make 5 lbs of three differently seasoned butters.
* green belt: make 5 lbs of butter from goats milk cream (((ya its assuming like majority of USA people that you will have most access to just cows milk. Also goats milk must be put through a seperator for cream.)))
* brown belt make 2 lbs of three differently seasoned butters from goats milk cream, make 5 lbs butter from sheeps milk cream.

-*-*- ideas always welcome! (:

Love to hear what anyone else has thoughts on this! (:
 
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I'd format everything by difficulty (white belt, green belt, black belt) just for uniformity's sake.

What about adding in tasks dealing with selling your products? There's making cheese for yourself, and then there's a completely different level of competency needed to satisfy a bunch of other people.

Also, you can think of things in degree- "Make 40% of your yearly dairy products" then "75%" then "100%" then "make all of your dairy products plus the dairy products of a family of four". Stuff like that.
 
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Before you can make dairy products you need to raise a cow, get her pregnant, keep her healthy and alive until she has the calf, then set up a milking parlor with associated equipment, and finally milk her which entails a lot of attention to detail, sterilization, storage, etc., etc.

Is there a PEP designed specifically for animal husbandry?
 
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Initially when I saw this title I was hopeful that a Dairying PEP would be focused on the animal husbandry and skills + infrastructure necessary for producing dairy products.
 
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