School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences

Dairy Farm Management

The college’s 500-acre working farm and registered Holstein 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 students’ 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 & Life Sciences at UVM. Full-tuition scholarships are available to Vermont students in the FARMS program.

Students who complete a degree in Dairy Farm Management can transfer seamlessly into bachelor’s programs in Business or Diversified Agriculture.

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, or Peace Corps volunteers.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Dairy Farm Management will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the dairy industry to effectively and professionally communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work as part of a team and interact with clients, the public, and industry professionals
  2. Apply knowledge of dairy science and technology to dairy industry problems that require extensive practical knowledge
  3. Understand dairy cow nutrition and ration evaluation
  4. Understand dairy reproduction and breeding systems
  5. Understand heifer-raising
  6. Manage dairy cow transition from dry to lactating
  7. Understand forage production and management
  8. Understand dairy operation budgeting
  9. Combine knowledge of the dairy industry with practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business, marketing, applying accepted accounting practices, managing a dairy operation budget, and writing a business plan for a dairy operation

Curriculum Details

year
1
year
2

Job Projections

NATIONAL AVG.
5%
DAIRY FARMING
-1%
That Translates Into

975,400

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2018 - 2028

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA).

Projected Employment Growth for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agriculture Managers, 2018-2028 (source: BLS)

Placement Rate

100%

VTC

vs

N/A

NATIONAL

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 (October 2018)

Employers

  • ABS Global
  • Bonnieview Farm
  • Border Acres
  • Bourdeau Bros. Inc.
  • Butlerholm Farm
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill
  • Champlainside Farm
  • Chapman Family Farms
  • Chimney Point Farm, LP
  • Choiniere Family Farm
  • Clark Farm
  • Covered Bridge Farm
  • Crosswinds Dairy
  • D Wible Property Management
  • Davis Farms
  • Evelon Farm
  • Feed Commodities International
  • Gray's Hilltop Farm
  • Hamilton Farm
  • Hildene Lincoln Family Home
  • Hillcrest Farm
  • L.F. Hurtubise & Sons
  • Middlebury College
  • Nelson Boys Dairy
  • Nelson Farms
  • Rowley Brothers Dairy
  • Select Sires
  • Stanley Farms
  • Vermont State Colleges System
  • Vermont Technical College

Job Titles

  • Owner
  • Farm and Cheesemaking Intern
  • Herd Manager
  • General Manager
  • Farm Partner
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Head of Lawncare Crew
  • Farm Laborer
  • Groundskeeper
  • Farm Hand
  • Goat Herdsperson
  • Farmer
  • Milker
  • Technician
  • Market Garden Manager
  • Assistant Herdsman
  • Manager
  • Intern

Brandon Mansfield

  • I took a gap year in Scotland
  • I hope to work on my parent's farm after school
  • Join the Dairy Club!
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Greta Kuhnly

  • I love all things animals
  • I focused on animal science in high school
  • I assist Dr. Dorosko with animal check-ups
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Jack Beauparlant

  • I am able to dig in and get my hands dirty in the field during class.
  • I enjoy Vermont Tech’s small class size.
  • I am so happy to know more about landscaping than I ever thought possible.
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    Dec

    On the heels of its national ranking in the 96th percentile for return on investment, Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the Class of 2019 achieved a 99% placement rate as demonstrated in the 6-Month Outcomes Survey. The college ranks first in the state for return on investment, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce…

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Rachael Burt

  • I picked Vermont Tech for the 2+2 program
  • I enjoy doing anything outside; hunting, fishing, and camping
  • I have met some of the best people I know through my Ag classes
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Louie Terrwilliger

  • I love animals
  • I like learning in a hands-on environment
  • I commuted to campus
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Brendan Rowley

  • I work on a 4th-gen family farm
  • I participated in the 2+2 program
  • I received a wide range of experience
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