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Printed on 2/22/2018

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

Occupational Specific (27 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Dairy/Livestock Nutrition
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
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
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
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.
Agricultural Marketing
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 Ration Balance
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
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 Genetics and Reproduction
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.
Nutrient Management Principles
Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Math w Business Apps
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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