Dairy Herd Management
34 Credits | 1 Year
Technical Diploma | Financial Aid-Eligible
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.
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.
Dairy Herd Management graduates will be able to:
- Manage herd nutrition
- Manage herd reproduction
- Manage herd health
- Demonstrate farm and herd record management
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.
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, 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.
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.
Short-term diplomas are 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.
These technical diplomas are embedded in the Dairy Herd Management program.
Dairy Feeding Management
Dairy Genetics and Reproduction
Dairy Cattle Management
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Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!
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 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.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*
Dairy Herd Management
34 Credits | 1 Year
*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