This course covers the skills necessary for the operation and construction of a modern dairy farm. The student evaluates facilities and operations for performance and learns the environmental, biological, and physical factors necessary for the production of high quality milk, while evaluating milk harvesting equipment and practices. Discussion includes the materials used for animal housing and all of the aspects of a highly functional animal environment. Emphasis is on farmstead planning and basic structural concepts for farm buildings, including construction materials and methods, environmental issues, waste management, and feeding systems.
3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week
[Course fee: $15]