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.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: DANS 150
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester