This course covers the skill sets necessary for the operation and construction of a modern dairy farm. Students will evaluate facilities and operations for performance. Students will learn the environmental, biological, and physical factors necessary for the production of high quality milk. Students will evaluate milk harvesting equipment and practices and make recommendations. Students will discuss the materials used for animal housing and all of the aspects of a highly functional animal environment. Farmstead planning and basic structural concepts for farm buildings are emphasized. Subtopics include construction materials and methods, environmental issues, waste management, and feeding systems. Offered at the Norwich farm.
3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week