Morrisville State CollegeDepartment of Agricultural Sciences

 
Dairy/Animal Science Courses

 

AGSC 350 - ANIMAL GENETICS

This course provides an application of the principles of genetic selection for the improvement of livestock and horses. The basic concepts of inheritance from both mathematical and biological perspectives are emphasized.  Progeny and performance testing programs, pedigree analysis, mating systems and their application to selection and production of genetically superior animals are discussed.

Prerequisites: DANS 110, DANS 120, or ESCI 110 and ESCI 120

3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester for equine or fall semester for dairy students 

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DANS 110 - DAIRY BREEDING

Animal breeding including animal reproduction and basic genetics. Male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology, hormonal control of the reproductive system, the estrous cycle, fertilization, reproductive failures, diseases and management practices associated with reproduction and artificial insemination. Mendelian genetics utilizing simple dominance, sex influenced inheritance and systems of mating.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester

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DANS 115 - DAIRY ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION

Provides students with skills associated with the modern concept of artificial insemination. Topics include history, economic importance, equipment, techniques, estrous cycle of the cow, timing of insemination, and record keeping.

1 credit (1 lecture hour), spring semester

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DANS 120 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF THE DAIRY COW

A systematic introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the dairy animal, emphasizing structure and function. The practical aspects that relate to type, production, health, management and general knowledge are stressed. Lab includes dissection of fresh tissues.

3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

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DANS 140 - DAIRY CATTLE JUDGING

Judging, selecting and evaluating dairy cattle according to breed type qualifications to develop a well-balanced breeding program for milk production and type.

1 credit (2 laboratory hours), fall semester

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DANS 150 - DAIRY FARM PRACTICUM

Hands-on practical experience in a commercial dairy operation at the college farm.

1 credit, fall and spring semester

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DANS 151 - DAIRY TECHNIQUES

This course will focus on the refinement and development of Dairy Management skills involving all aspects of the dairy operation.  Students will be responsible to attend to various needs of the dairy animals to include birth, calf raising, feeding, heat detection, animal comfort, data collection and entry.  Increased emphasis will be placed on facility and employee management placing students in roles of supervisors in charge of action lists and student work schedules.

Prerequisite: DANS 150

1 credit (45 laboratory hours), fall or spring semester

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DANS 160 - INTRODUCTION TO DAIRY SCIENCE

An introductory course to the Dairy Industry with a focus on its evolution and the scope of New York’s, United State’s and the world’s industry.  It will include discussion of farm types, production techniques, breeds of cattle, cattle behavior and selection, economics and trends. Dairy products will be studies, as well as consumer trends, milk quality and processing, A section on farm organization, cooperative careers, farm management structure and the future of the industry will be included.  The lab will supplement the lecture and will include animal behavior, marketing, performing milk quality tests, field trips.

3 credits, (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester

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DANS 200 - NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT OF DAIRY CATTLE

Complete nutritional program assessment emphasizing analysis of crop production, forage analysis, ration balancing, pasture management, feeding strategies and feeding systems for optimum production and profit on a dairy farm. Computer applications, on-farm visits, and introduction to advanced technology will be included.

Prerequisite: DANS 100

2 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester

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DANS 210 - DAIRY HEALTH

Physiology, anatomy and health of the dairy cow. Emphasis on hygiene, disease prevention, herd health programs, and routine disease and injury treatment.

3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall semester

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DANS 220 - DAIRY HERD MANAGEMENT

The focus is on the dairy industry as a business enterprise, its history, future, productivity trends, milk production and management strategies to be competitive and profitable.  Discussion on the application of scientific principles associated with progressive dairy cattle management including breeding systems, feeding systems, herd health practices, dairy herd replacements and heifer programs. Lab will include computer applications on the farm, dehorning, hoof trimming, herd health monitoring, dairy records interpretation and analysis, and assessing housing and cow comfort.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester

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DANS 225 - DAIRY PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT

This course is designed to study bovine mammary system, anatomy and physiology, milk secretion and ejection, milking machines, mastitis and prevention to attain high efficiency milk production.  Herd record evaluation and use of Dairy management software will be used for production analysis.  Students will work in teams and become assistant herd managers.  The course will also include topics on housing systems and cost effective housing.  Guest speakers, professional conferences and filed trips will be part of the course.

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester

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DANS 235 - DAIRY PRODUCTION SEMINAR

A course in seminar format where students, with the help of faculty and guest speakers, complete a study of dairy production literature and applications on topics in the dairy industry.  The course is intended for students to gain technical and production knowledge of contemporary topics in the dairy industry by reinforcing course work with real-life applications.

Prerequisites: DANS 100, DANS 115, DANS 210, DANS 220

1 credit (1 lecture hour), spring semester

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DANS 250 - DAIRY PERSPECTIVES

Principles and procedures involved in the management of a dairy business. Topics include setting personal and business goals; business planning and development; business analysis and capital investment; cash flow planning; economics and management dealings with facility planning; feeding efficiencies; environmental and community concerns; and leadership roles in tomorrow’s dairy industry.

1 credit (1 lecture hour), spring semester

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DANS 255 - DAIRY MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP

The program is for students with a serious interested in farm management. Objectives are to gain a better understanding of the integration and application of dairy farm management with respect to principles and programs with respect to progressive dairying and related industries. Topics include the trends, challenges, and positioning of dairy managers in businesses for competitiveness and profitability.  Topics will integrate technical and management aspects of a farm business including establishing personal and business goals, business and planning development, business capital investment analysis, cash flow planning, and feeding efficiencies.

Prerequisites: At least two of the following: DANS 100, DANS 115, DANS 210, DANS 220, AGBS 210, and AGBS 310

2 credit hours (2 lecture hours), spring semester

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DANS 260 - INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDENT HEIFER APPLIED RESEARCH AND RAISING PROGRAM (SHARRP)

The program is designated for students who have a sincere interest in dairy replacement management and applied research and demonstration.  Objectives are to gain further understanding of the integration and application of technical principles in a management setting involving the dairy replacement program at Morrisville State College. 

Prerequisites: DANS 100, DANS 115, DANS 210; DANS 220, and AGBS 210

2 credits (limited to seniors), spring or fall semester

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DANS 300 - INTERNSHIP I DAIRY HUSBANDRY

4 credits

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DANS 301 - CORNELL DAIRY MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

The Cornell Dairy Management Experience (CDME) consists of courses and the modules that are required for the Bachelor of Technology in Diary Management.   Students, in the spring semester of their junior year, will spend one semester in residency at Cornell University taking courses through the Department of Animal Science.  The syllabus consists of courses and modules that place emphasis on practical technical and management applications in dairy herd management, herd health, dairy nutrition, farm finance.

Prerequisites: DANS 100, DANS 110, DANS 120, DANS 140, DANS 151, DANS 160, DANS 200, DANS 210, DANS 220, DANS 225, DANS 250, AGBS 100, AGBS 200, AGBS 210, AGBS 220

16 credits (limited to juniors in the B.Tech. Dairy Management), spring semester

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DANS 305 - DAIRY HEIFER REPLACEMENT AND MANAGEMENT

This course is designed for students who have a sincere interest in dairy replacement management and the production practices associated with economical rearing of heifer replacements.  Those considering career positions as calf and heifer managers should strongly consider taking this course.  The objectives are to gain further understanding of the integration and application of management and technical principles associated with the heifer enterprise from the time the calf is born to the first calving.  This includes the economics, feeding, health, facilities and management of the heifer enterprise in today’s industry.

Prerequisites: DANS 100, DANS 115, DANS 210, DANS 220, AGBS 210

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester

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DANS 340 - ADVANCED DAIRY REPRODUCTION

This course is designed to study the dairy cattle reproductive system and provide students with expertise in managing herd reproductive programs effectively. Students will study in depth the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive tracts, understand hormonal controls of the estrous cycle and be able to manipulate the estrous cycle with approved hormone therapies. Students will be responsible for herd heat detection and some artificial inseminations. Students will work with reproductive records, herd managers and artificial insemination technicians to manage the dairy herd's reproductive program.

Prerequisites: DANS 110, DANS 115, or permission of instructor

3 credits (2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours), alternate years, odd years

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DANS 450 - ADVANCED DAIRY HERD MANAGEMENT

Students will gain experience in managing a dairy herd with major emphasis placed in the areas of milking management, dairy nutrition, herd health and labor relations. Students will form a direct working relationship with dairy/farm managers, farm staff and industry professionals to effectively manage the dairy facilities at Morrisville State College. Students will be actively involved in gathering, organizing and analyzing data and records on the college farm. Students will use this information to generate weekly reports and will make effective weekly reports and recommendations for improvements in different areas on the dairy operation. Students will have additional opportunities to attend professional meetings in preparation for a career in the dairy industry.

4 credits (1 lecture hour, 9 laboratory hours), fall semester

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