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Dairy Science Technical Diploma

Turn your passion for raising animals into your profession. Apply today! 

Program Code: 310905

Turn your passion for raising animals into your profession. The Dairy Science technical diploma will prepare you to work in entry-level dairy industry positions. You’ll become proficient with dairy management techniques and animal husbandry skills. As a grad, you may be employed as a feed technician in a milk parlor or as an assistant herdsperson. You’ll be skilled in assessing basic herd health standards, providing calf care, administering shots, assisting in herd health checks, providing artificial insemination, effectively communicating to maintain continuity between dairy farm shifts, and maintaining herd records. You may also be prepared for positions in the feed industry or animal health industry.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Farm Production-Dairy Science, 100905

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Employment Potential

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

• Milking parlor

• Feed technician

• Assistant herdsperson

• Herd health standards assessor

• Maternity pen assistant

• Feed industry

• Animal health industry

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent (for a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• 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 TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Dairy Science technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
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.
10-090-327 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.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SECOND SEMESTER
10-090-328 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.
10-090-329 LIVESTOCK HOUSING & 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: 10-090-327, Basic Animal Husbandry)
10-090-330 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.
10-090-331 DAIRY SCIENCE INTERNSHIP ... The dairy science internship is designed to give students a hands-on experience in the dairy field, either on a dairy farm or dairy related business. The student, instructor and employer will develop a customized course objective. Every attempt will be made to match students' interests with employers' offerings. Instructor supervision will be coordinated with the employer to assure student and learning objectives are met. (Prerequisite: 10-090-326, Intro to Dairy Science)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
29
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

• Maintain herd records
• Provide artificial insemination
• Assist with herd health checks
• Assist in the maternity pen
• Provide calf care
• Assess basic herd health standards
• Use effective oral and written communication skills

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