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Dairy Farm Management Technology

Graduates of this program possess the skills and knowledge needed to operate a modern dairy farm. They frequently return to their home farms, are employed as herd managers, or work as breeding technicians, DHIA testers, and Peace Corps volunteers.

 The collegeís 500 acre working farm and registered Holstein and Brown Swiss herd are integrated into all facets of the program and students are active participants in the management and operation of the farm. Practical experience at the farm is an especially valuable aspect of the program for students who lack a farm background. Additional coursework in accounting, finance, and computer applications help broaden studentsí understanding of Dairy Farm Management.

 Students may also apply for admission to the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) program offered in cooperation with the University of Vermont. FARMS students make a seamless transition from Dairy Farm Management at Vermont Tech to a second two years at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. Full-tuition scholarships are available to Vermont students in the FARMS program.

Students who complete a degree in Dairy Farm Management Technology can transfer seamlessly into the bachelorís program in Business, Diversified Agriculture, or Sustainable Design & Technology.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Dairy Farm Management Technology will be able to:
  • Understand dairy cow nutrition and the ration formulation process
  • Understand dairy cow reproduction and genetics and be able to implement a breeding program
  • Competently milk and feed cows
  • Understand heifer-raising and successfully and competently raise heifers
  • Manage dairy cow transition from dry to lactating
  • Understand the dairy industry and represent it knowledgeably
  • Raise and store common New England forages
  • Manage a dairy operation budget
  • Assess a dairy business and recognize potential improvements
  • Write a business plan for a dairy operation
The normal number of credits required for the degree is 66.

First Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACC 1020  Survey of Accounting
3
AGR 1012  Agricultural Techniques II
1
AGR 1011  Agricultural Techniques I
2
AGR 1030  Animal Reproduction & Genetics
3
AGR 1050  Livestock Production
3
AGR 2030  Animal Nutrition
4
CIS 1080  Intro to Spreadsheet/Database Mgmnt
2
ENG 2080  Technical Communication
3
ENG 10XX  English
3
LAH 1050  Introduction to Soils
4
Select one:

ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective
3
MAT 1210  Principles of Mathematics
3

18
MAT 1221  Finite Mathematics
3


MAT 1420  Technical Mathematics
5



16-18



Second Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
AGR 2011  Dairy Herd Management I
3
AGR 2012  Dairy Herd Management II
3
AGR 2020  Farm Buildings
2
AGR 2050  Large Animal Diseases
3
AGR 2040  Forage Production
3
BUS 2210  Small Business Management
3
AGR 2720  Issues & Trends in Agriculture
2
BUS 2230  Principles of Marketing
3
BUS 2260  Principles of Financial Management
3
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective
3
Select one:


15
CHE 1020  Introduction to Chemistry
4


CHE 1031  General Chemistry
4



17






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