This course covers the skill sets necessary for the operation and construction of a modern dairy farm. The student evaluates facilities and operations for performance. The student learns the environmental, biological, and physical factors necessary for the production of high quality milk and evaluates milk harvesting equipment and practices to make recommendations. The course discusses 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.
3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week