Farm Production-Dairy Science Associate Degree

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Program Code: 100905

Take your dairy science career to the next level with the Farm Production-Dairy Science associate degree. As a program graduate, you will be prepared to work in entry-level management positions in the dairy industry. Program graduates will be proficient in all aspects of the dairy industry and dairy management principles being implemented on parlor/free-stall managed farms. Graduates will have the skills necessary to be effective communicators between farm managers and employees to create a seamless environment of communications between shifts. Graduates will also be qualified to work in the artificial insemination industry, dairy feed sales, and dairy equipment sales. Other career opportunities include veterinarian assistant and pharmaceutical representative.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Dairy Science, 310905


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

• Milking parlor supervisor

• Feed management technician

• Herd health check facilitator

• AI industry worker

• Dairy feed sales

• Dairy equipment sales

• Veterinarian assistant

• Pharmaceutical representative


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent (for a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
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Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Farm Production-Dairy Science associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-090-303 AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMICS ...basic knowledge of macro and micro economics will be taught, proficiency in developing basic cash flows, cost benefit analysis, enterprise analysis, budget development, profit loss statements and developing cost of production. Student should be able to develop adequate information for farm manager to analyze business proposals.
10-090-326 INTRO TO DAIRY SCIENCE ...this course provides basic knowledge of the dairy science field. Topics include animal health, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, basic breed characteristics and animal feedstuffs.
10-091-327 BASIC ANIMAL HUSBANDRY ...proper cattle handling and restraint techniques will be demonstrated. Optimal feed, water and ventilation needs discussed. Compliance with industry standards of animal welfare and record keeping will be studied.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-091-328 DAIRY HERD RECORDS AND ANALYSIS... dairy performance is analyzed through good record keeping and analysis. Students will become proficient in the use of PCDART, Dairy Comp 305, BoviSync and AgSource herd management programs. Students will also be exposed to other software systems and their applications.
10-091-329 LIVESTOCK HOUSING AND EQUIPMENT... students will learn principles of designing facilities based on the environment, feeding systems, manure handling, ventilation and cow handling. Students will compare and contrast various design options and construction cost estimates. (Prerequisite: 10-091-327, Basic Animal Husbandry)
10-091-330 DAIRY REPRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ...students will learn physiology and anatomy of the reproductive organs and the utilization of reproductive protocols for increased breeding success. Learn artificial insemination techniques and how genomics work and genomic applications. Utilize sexed semen and cross breeding practices.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-090-375 DAIRY NUTRITION ...this course covers ruminant nutrition from calf to milking animal. Utilize forage analysis to balance rations. Learn basic ration formulations utilizing computer software and the pros and cons of various feed stuffs utilized in the dairy industry. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A)
10-091-376 DAIRY REPLACEMENT MANAGEMENT ...this course will focus on the feeding and management of dairy replacement calves from birth through puberty, breeding, and gestation. There will also be emphasis on the feeding and management of dry cows through calving. Students will also review facility requirements and husbandry techniques for these classes of livestock. (Prerequisite: 10-091-329, Livestock Housing and Equipment)
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY ...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-090-377 FARM BUSINESS PLANNING... will explore good management techniques and economic principles, as well as the link to the decision-making process to develop the framework for successful farm operation and organization. Students will be exposed to the various compliance issues in the agriculture industry - from environmental to animal welfare. Students will develop the leadership skills needed to fulfill occupational, social, and civic responsibilities. (Prerequisite: 10-090-303, Agribusiness Economics)
10-091-378 ANIMAL HEALTH ... introduces students to the study of dairy cattle health. Covers animal anatomy, basic immune function and common diseases. Emphasis will be placed on early detection and symptoms for heifer, transition cows, lactating cows and calves. (Prerequisite: 10-091-327, Basic Animal Husbandry)
10-091-379 DAIRY PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ...this course is designed to bring all aspects of dairy management together (including, but not limited to: animal health, nutrition, production, housing, handling, management practices, technology, reproduction, economics, food safety, contracts and employability opportunities). Students will use critical thinking and problem solving techniques regarding multiple aspects of the dairy and the impacts seen on animal production/performance. (Prerequisite: 10-091-329, Livestock Housing and Equipment)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Supervise milking parlor workers
• Implement herd health protocols
• Provide calf care
• Oversee maternity pen
• Coordinate and implement vaccines and antibiotics protocols with the veterinarian
• Facilitate herd health checks with veterinarian
• Select matings and administer artificial insemination
• Input and access dairy herd records
• Use effective oral and written communication skills


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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.