This programme will help you to develop the competencies required for managing a commercial dairy farm. It comprises of 3 modules that focus on forage production, nutrition, breeding, reproduction management, housing and farm economics.
An essential part of running a commercially viable dairy farm is ensuring the production of sufficient quantities of high-quality roughages, their preservation and usage in feeding dairy animals. That is why you will learn how to supply fodder and feed according to requirements and use these optimally. To produce replacement cows of better quality, you will learn about breeding and reproduction management. Also, you will gain insight into housing and mechanisation of dairy farms, which influence labour efficiency, costs, animal welfare and the environment.
In order to monitor and evaluate the technical performance, you will learn how to record and analyze farm data for making informed decisions. You will learn to think like an entrepreneur who is constantly coming up with ideas to improve the technical and financial performance of the farm. To transform these ideas into action, you will learn how to prepare business plans.
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