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Agribusiness Dairy Technician

31-006-5 Technical Diploma (TD) 30 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Dairy technicians play an important role in the dairy industry. Today’s high-tech livestock and dairy business requires special training and education. Learn to manage a dairy herd with skills like artificial insemination, sire selection, reproduction, herd health, nutrition and ration balancing. You’ll also learn records management, commodity marketing and agribusiness management. Hands-on instruction will prepare you for a career in dairy production.

COURSE LIST

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (30 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Agricultural Marketing
10-006-103
3
Explores and gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and the ability to apply these principles to the distribution of farm products.
Dairy/Livestock Nutrition
10-006-113
3
Acquaints the students with the nutrients essential for livestock growth, production and reproduction. The anatomy and physiology of digestion and nutrient absorption will be discussed for the single stomach and ruminant animal. Proper feed sampling techniques, feed analysis and other nutritional information will be covered in preparing the student for Dairy/Livestock Ration Balancing.
Agricultural Crop Production
10-006-119
3
Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.
Introduction to Agribusiness
10-006-133
3
Provides an overview of, and exploration into career pathways and employment opportunities, in the agricultural industry. Key issues discussed include trends and economic concepts of production, marketing and consumption of agriculture products, principles of management, and financial management.
Animal Science Fundamentals
10-006-140
3
Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Ag Production Systems
10-006-104
3
Introduces the student to methods and equipment used on farms and agribusiness for facilities, dairy equipment, feed, grain, animal waste storage, and handling systems. Covers the collection, storage, treatment, application and equipment used in nutrient management. Modern robotic milking systems will be covered in the class.
Dairy/Livestock Ration Balance
10-006-114
3
Teaches students the mechanics of balancing livestock rations using the National Research recommendations and other information. Computers will be used to develop rations. The makeup and functions of the nutrients essential for livestock will be discussed in the preparation of dairy and beef rations. The student will complete a cost analysis of all rations.
Agribusiness Work Experience
10-006-116
3
Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.
Dairy/Livestock Herd Management
10-006-145
3
Covers the herd health and reproductive systems of the dairy and livestock animals. The class will cover various herd health problems, including mastitis, milk fever and similar common livestock health problems. A herd health and reproductive management program will be developed.
Dairy Genetics and Reproduction
10-006-148
3
Designed for the student who needs a comprehensive knowledge of dairy genetics and reproduction. Emphasis is on basic genetic principles and sire selection. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the bovine female reproductive tract and the management of the estrous cycle in cattle.

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