Dairy Technician


2013-2014 academic year

You can earn a dairy technician diploma. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 34 Credit Hours.

Required Core Courses

Core 34 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1000 Microcomputer Applications
An introductory course covering the Windows environment, file management, word processing software, the Internet and their application to actual agricultural business situations. Students learn how to use common word processing software tools, computer file management, and the world wide web.
AGRI 1010 Animal Science
Introduction to the livestock industry and its role in food production, breeds and selection, reproduction and breeding systems, inheritance and genetics, shelter and facility requirements, nutrition, parasites and insects, diseases, and other aspects of meat, milk, wool, and poultry production.
MATH 1040 Applied Mathematics I
Begins to develop pre-algebra skills for success in occupations that will later require algebra skills, such as agriculture and fire science. The topics include numeration, measurement, ratio and proportion, percent, signed numbers, and an introduction to algebra.
AGRI 1230 Feeds and Feeding
Balancing livestock feed rations and determining the correct rations for all types of livestock using nutrient needs, digestive systems, and feed nutrient compositions. Includes use of programmable calculators to analyze livestock rations.
AGRI 1310 Agribusiness Management
This course will provide and introduction to agribusiness and food products marketing in the U.S. This course includes a background on the workings of the U.S. food marketing system and how this system affects farm producers, consumers, and middlemen such as processors, wholesalers, retailers, and food services. Students will gain an understanding of how food products move through a food marketing channel to the final point of consumption and how consumer demand, marketing, and information technology as well as political forces have shaped the agricultural food marketing industry over time.
AGRI 1320 Animal Reproduction Physiology
Study of the management of animal reproduction, breeding, genetics, natural conception, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer.
AGRI 1340 Animal Science Lab
Experience working with all types of livestock at the college farm. Includes branding, castration, vaccination, foot care, and semen collection.
AGRI 1410 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Introductory course to help students develop a basic understanding and appreciation for the role of economics in agriculture at the farm, national, and international levels. Students will learn to apply various economic principles and concepts relating to production agriculture, business management, consumer behavior, market price analysis and equilibrium, and policy information.
AGRI 1420 Interpersonal Skills
Designed to help students understand positive interpersonal relationships and their contribution to the process of potentiality development.
AGRI 2210 Animal Health
Fundamentals of animal and herd health, including beef and dairy cattle, swine sanitation, and animal drugs.
AGRI 2450 Modern Technologies in Agriculture
A study of the principles and concepts involved with site specific management and the evaluation of geographic information systems for crop product practices. The course will focus on hands-on experience with the hardware and software necessary for successful application of the information affecting crop management.
AGRI 2830 Advanced Animal Nutrition
The study of nutrition of farm animals including selection of feedstuffs, feed preparation and processing, and ration formulation. Nutritional management of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, and poultry will also be covered.
AGRI 2860 Dairy Production Management
This course is designed to provide applicable hands on instruction in fundamental dairy management tools to help the dairy technician achieve the following goals: Ability to perform basic dairy-specific management procedures, to identify the basic signs of a sick cow, and to take the crucial first steps in correcting day-to-day operational problems.

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We strongly recommend that you review your course schedule with your advisor and consult the college catalog for specific program requirements.