Dairy cattle nutrition, forage production and conservation
- Education type
- Certificate course
- 1 month
- Field of interest
- Animal sciences
- Field of interest
- Food sciences
Today’s dairy farming professional understands the connection between dairy cattle nutrition, cattle health and the return on investment. This means keeping up with the latest developments and insights and applying these in the field. Our certificate programme Dairy Cattle Nutrition, Forage Production and Conservation enables you to achieve optimal fodder production – including storage and preservation – in combination with optimum dairy cattle nutrition management, in order to achieve maximum technical and financial performance on dairy farms.
Why this programme?
- Gain a better understanding of optimal fodder production in combination with optimum dairy cattle nutrition management.
- Learn everything about making forage production plans and grazing management plans and interpreting feed analysis reports.
- Study at a university of applied sciences with a long history of agriculture and specialization in agrifood and entrepreneurship.
- Our lecturers work in close collaboration with organizations and experts in the field.
- Location: Dronten
- Education type: Certificate course
- Duration: 1 month, full-time
- Language: English
- Start date: 6 April 2020
- Application deadline EU-students: 6 February 2020
- Application deadline NON-EU-students: 19 October 2019
- Tuition fee: €3.750,-
In our programme Dairy Cattle Nutrition, Forage Production and Conservation you will learn how to devise forage production plans, prepare silage, work out rations, feed dairy cows, and rear calves and young stock.
There is a direct link between feeding management on commercial dairy farms and milk quality, condition and health of animals and their fertility status. Feeding costs usually make up more than 50% of the variable costs. That is why the production of good quality and sufficient quantities of roughage in combination with proper feeding management are vital to dairy farms all over the world.
During this programme, you will learn how to optimize fodder production, storage and conservation, feeding of dairy cattle and young stock rearing management, based on the conditions in which you work. You will also learn about the calculation and interpretation of fodder production and feeding management performance indicators, in order to monitor fodder production and feeding management, including greenhouse gas emissions.
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- At least three years of work experience at bachelor’s degree level in the field of training.
- A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognised equivalent such as the IELTS (Overall score of 6.0) or IBT (79).
- The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of the chosen area of interest. Motivation letter writing is part of the selection procedure.
- Strong motivation for success in the sector.
- Team spirit and a flexible attitude in an international environment.
On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a certificate.
At the end of the programme, you will be able to develop a forage production plan and a grazing management plan and to produce silage. You will be able to calculate dimensions of silage pits, make a roughage balance, interpret feed analysis reports, calculate rations for various dairy cattle cow groups and young stock, and rear calves.
This programme is geared towards:
- Owners and managerial staff of private, public or cooperative dairy farms
- Dairy training institute staff extension workers
- Extension workers
- Staff of advisory services who deal with all management aspects of dairy farms.
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