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Dairy Management

Program Contact:

Dr. Joe Domecq
Program Coordinator
Department of Animal Science
1250F Anthony Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office 517-353-7855
domecqjo@msu.edu

The Dairy Management program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can build upon after graduation from the program.  Courses are practical in nature and focus on the basic knowledge and skills needed to be successful on all types of dairy operations as an owner, herdsman, or dairy farm employee.  Students are also employed by agricultural businesses that support dairy operations.

Visits to farms and meeting successful dairy producers and managers are an important part of the program.  The Dairy Program exposes students to the many exciting opportunities that are available in the dairy industry.  The program attempts to create enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry in each student.

For more information visit the Department of Animal Science.

You can download MSU_Inst_Dairy_Manage_final.pdf to learn more.

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Requirements for Dairy Management  
              CREDITS
The student must complete 48 credits from the following:  
1. All of the following courses (32 credits):  
  ANS 132 Dairy Farm Management Seminar 1
  ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
  ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock 2
  ANS 215 Growth, Health and Lactation in Dairy Cattle 2
  ANS 230 Dairy Herd Management 3
  ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
  ANS 233 Dairy Feed Management 3
  ANS 235 Dairy Herd Reproduction 2
  ANS 238 Dairy Health Management 3
  AT 045 Agricultural Communications 2
  AT 071 Technical Mathematics 2
  AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology 2
  AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 6
  CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
2. Complete 16 credits of elective course work from the following:  
  ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
  ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
  ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I 3
  ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
  ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
  AT 055 Agricultural Finance 3
  CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
  CSS 120 Agricultural Industry Issues 3
  CSS 201 Forage Crops 3
  CSS 212 Advanced Crop Production 2