Course Description

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

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Admissions Requirements

Freshman: Desired: two units each of defined math and science and vocational agriculture. 

Transfer: Students who plan to transfer to a four-year program should elect appropriate science courses such as biology and/or chemistry, and mathematics.