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Farm Production-Dairy Science Associate Degree

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

Program Code: 100905

Take your dairy science career to the next level with the Farm Production-Dairy Science associate degree. As a program grad, you will be prepared to work in entry-level management positions in the dairy industry. Program grads will be proficient in all aspects of the dairy industry and dairy management principles being implemented on parlor/free-stall managed farms. Grads 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

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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

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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 TIMEFall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Farm Production-Agronomy associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-090-303
Farm Economics
3
10-090-303 FARM 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
3
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
3
10-090-327 BASIC ANIMAL HUSBANDRY ...proper cattle handling and restraint techniques will be demonstrated. Optimal feed, water and ventilation ventilation needs discussed. Compliance with industry standards of animal welfare and record keeping will be studied.
10-090-331
Dairy Science Internship
4
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. (Corequisite: 10-090-326, Intro to Dairy Science)
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory math and reading assessment scores; 10-834-109, Pre Algebra with a “C” or better; 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER
10-090-328
Dairy Herd Records & Analysis
3
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 dairy comp 305 which is the industry standard for herd management. Students will also be exposed to other software systems and their applications.
10-090-329
Livestock Housing & Equipment
3
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 Mgmt
3
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.
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-806-112
Principles of Sustainability
3
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-090-375
Dairy Nutrition
3
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: 10-804-123, Math w/Business Apps)
10-090-376
Dairy Replacement Mgmt
3
10-090-376 DAIRY REPLACEMENT MANAGEMENT ...this course is designed to bring all aspects of dairy management together. Focus will be on systems analysis. Critical thinking in multiple aspects of the dairy impacting the end result of pounds of milk produced. Case study techniques will be used to draw team involvement into problem solving techniques. (Prerequisite: 10-090-329, Livestock Housing and Equipment)
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-809-103
Think Critically & Creatively
3
10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores; 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
J SESSION
10-090-353
Legal Aspects of Agriculture
2
10-090-353 LEGAL ASPECTS OF AGRICULTURE ...students will be exposed to the various compliance issues farmers need to comply with from environmental to animal welfare. This is intended to give prospective employees a better understanding of what is required of them and their employers.
SEMESTER TOTAL
2
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-090-377
Farm Business Planning
3
10-090-377 FARM BUSINESS PLANNING ...students will be able to complete partial budgets and do cost benefit analysis for alternative agronomic practices. Plan assessments will be prepared in a team environment to allow business plans to be prepared for macro and micro projects. (Prerequisite: 10-090-325, Farm Economics)
10-090-378
Animal Health
3
10-090-378 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: 10-090-327, Basic Animal Husbandry)
10-090-379
Dairy Production Mgmt
3
10-090-379 DAIRY PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ...this course is designed to bring all aspects of dairy management together. Focus will be on systems analysis. Critical thinking in multiple aspects of the dairy impacting the end result of pounds of milk produced. Case study techniques will be used to draw team involvement into problem solving techniques. (Prerequisite: 10-090-329, Livestock Housing and Equipment)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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: 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)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores; 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
61
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
• Prescribe and coordinate vaccines and antibiotics
• 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.

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