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Dairy Herd Management

Technical Diploma

34 Credits | 1 Years

Technical Diploma | Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Foods & Natural Resources

The Dairy Herd Management program prepares students for a career in agriculture through classroom learning and practical, hands-on learning during internships either on a farm or with an agricultural related business. Career opportunities abound in agricultural support industries as well as on dairy farms. This program prepares you for a career as a dairy farm manager/herdsperson or owner, artificial insemination technician, or as a DHIA field technician. These careers are both personally and professionally rewarding.

Program Overview

The Dairy Herd Management program includes courses in herd health management, genetics, nutrition, milk production, farm business management, dairy housing design, an overview of the dairy industry and an internship experience. These courses prepare you for a career working with today and tomorrow’s technology driven, progressive dairy farms. 

Program Outcomes

Dairy Herd Management graduates will be able to:

  • Manage herd nutrition
  • Manage herd reproduction
  • Manage herd health
  • Manage herd/farm business

In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to visit multiple dairy farms representative of up-to-date technologies being used on dairy farms and learn from those farms’ experiences, as well as businesses and business people involved in agricultural support industries such as finance, nutrition and dairy product manufacturing plants. 

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Hands-on learning.

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Accommodating classes.

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Dairy farm & business tours. 


Dairy Herd Management classes are currently offered face-to-face on campus at WITC-Rice Lake. It is a nine-month technical diploma program with three short-term, financial aid eligible technical diplomas embedded within. 


Your farm/agribusiness internship experience is designed to bring your on farm internship experiences into the classroom and applying classroom learning to your on farm experience. 

Experienced Instructor

Your program instructor is a veterinarian with 20 plus years’ experience working with dairy farmers and their animals and provides a dairy science perspective to your learning. 

Career Pathways

Short-term diplomas are financial-aid eligible and available in Dairy Cattle Management, Dairy Cattle Genetics & Reproduction, and Dairy Feeding and Feeding Management. These short-term technical diplomas are available if you wish to ladder your progress through the program within your own timeline rather than through a nine-month school calendar.


Your program specific curriculum includes a well-rounded set of coursework in dairy animal health management, genetics/reproduction, nutrition, milk production, dairy housing, dairy business and an overview of the dairy industry. Successful completion of applied mathematics, human relations and communications are also required for graduation with the nine-month technical diploma. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Dairy Herd Management Courses

| 3 CR
This course prepares the learner to explain the functions of each organ in the digestive system of a ruminant; explain the development of the digestive system in a calf; compare ruminant and non-ruminant digestion; explain the functions of each class of nutrients; analyze forage analysis reports; compare plant, animal, and non-protein nitrogen sources of protein; identify deficiency symptoms of minerals and vitamins; demonstrate the use of particle separators and dry-matter tests; and utilize NRC standards for various cow groups.
| 4 CR
This course prepares the learner to analyze the economic aspect of dairy cow reproduction, explain the reproductive system of a bull, breed cows using artificial insemination, make effective mating decisions, select mating programs for milk production, assess reproductive diseases, treat reproductive diseases, utilize computer technology to document herd health, analyze the effects of hormones on reproduction, and analyze reproductive technologies.
| 2 CR
This course enhances the learner's ability to keep farm records, analyze reproduction programs, maintain milk quality, apply farm safety procedures, and analyze farm finances.

Dairy Herd Management is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Dairy Herd Management student at WITC, you can build credentials each step of the way. 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Dairy Feeding Management

Technical Diploma
8 Credits / 2 Semesters Part Time
Potential Careers
Feed Delivery & Inventory Manager, Farmworkers
Average Starting Wage
$26,437 annually
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Dairy Genetics and Reproduction

Technical Diploma
6 Credits / 1 or 2 Semesters Part Time
Potential Careers
Artificial Insemination Technician, DHIA Technician
Average Starting Wage
$26,063 annually
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Dairy Cattle Management

Technical Diploma
4 Credits / 1 or 2 Semesters Part Time
Potential Careers
Herds Manager / Assistant Herds Manager, Farm Owner
Average Starting Wage
$26,437 annually
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This is the program you’re looking at.

Dairy Herd Management

Technical Diploma
34 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
AI Technician, Dairy Herd Manager, DHIA Field Technician, Farm Owner, Feed and Nutrition Consultant, Herdsperson
Average Starting Wage
$24,000-$66,555 annually
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You can continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Dairy Herd Management Bachelor's Degree

Potential Careers
Farm Advisor, Agriculture Education Instructor, Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Agriculture Financial Agent, Nutrionist
Average Starting Wage
$48,963–$57,970 annually

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Dairy Herd Management

34 Credits | 1 Years


$5,170 In Tuition and Fees

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Dairy Herd Management Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in:

  • Dairy Feeding Management
  • Dairy Genetics and Reproduction
  • Dairy Cattle Management 
  • Dairy Herd Management
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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339


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Admissions Advisor

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