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FMTP 029 Dairy Herd Management (152-029-MC) (2.67 credits)

Offered by: Farm Mgmt & Technology Program (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

Overview

Farm Management Technology : Students will discover the fine tuning management principles behind profitable dairy cow and herd management. We will examine the management notions which contribute to an efficient and profitable dairy herd enterprise. Dry cow nutrition, housing, health as well as management.Nutritional requirements of the fresh dairy cow and avoiding metabolic disorders of the dairy cow's early lactation will be examined. We will discuss the management of milk quality, how to better understand the quota system, mid lactation cow nutrition and dairy cow breeding strategies. The course parallels the cow's lactation curve with a discussion of the importance of late lactation cow herd health, efficient cost of milk production, the notion of body condition score in preparation of the dry period. Farm visits will provide additional exposure to the challenge of successful dairy herd management.

Terms: Winter 2014

Instructors: Christian Molgat (Winter)

  • (152-029-MC)
  • (3-3-2)