Dairy Herd Management
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This program offers students the opportunity to learn to more effectively manage their own dairy farm or to work for a dairy operation. Dairying has become one of the most specialized areas of agriculture, and this program is designed to meet the needs of operating a modern dairy farm.
The program offers courses in business management, livestock, finances, record keeping, feeding, housing, breeding, and milking to maintain a productive, healthy dairy herd. Additional areas of instruction include computerized records analysis, genetics, and marketing. Students who complete this program have the option of transferring into Agribusiness or Individual Technical Studies programs on campus or to a four year college through prearranged articulation agreements.
Is This Occupation for You?
Students entering the Dairy Herd Management program should:
- Enjoy working with animals.
- Enjoy working outside in all types of weather.
- Manage their time effectively.
- Be willing to work hard and learn.
- Have good reading skills.
- Have good communication skills.
Helpful Academic Background
- High school agriculture classes, science, and math.
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Use recordkeeping systems to track the success of the dairy operation.
- Plan housing and health care needs for dairy cattle.
- Understand the nutritional needs and balance rations for dairy cattle.
- Understand all facets of a dairy operation while applying management skills to enhance the success of the enterprise.
- Learn and apply biotechnology innovations when applicable in a dairy operation.
- Plan and implement a job search.
- Perform artificial insemination and reproductive management techniques of dairy cattle.
- Understand the basics of human resource management.
- Technical diploma, requiring a minimum of one year to complete.
- Day classes.
- High school articulation courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August or January.
Program Admission Requirements
- Complete required assessment testing.
- Complete the application form.
- Interview with counselor.
- Pay a $30 nonrefundable application fee.
- Submit high school and any post-secondary transcripts.
- Students may re-apply to be admitted to a program for which they initially do not meet the Student Academic Achievement Plan (SAAP) criteria after they follow the additional courses and alternate program sequence prescibed for them.
Please contact Student Services at 800.362.3322, Ext. 2354, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for current fee information.
A Program Fee list is provided (please note the costs are approximate and based on the current academic year).
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