Cows outside with student from Aeres University of Applied Sciences at Aeres Farms

International Dairy Management

Field of interest
Animal sciences
Field of interest
Field of interest
Food sciences
Education type
Exchange programme
5 months

Modern farmers are more than just specialists in their professional field. Above all they are entrepreneurs with an extensive knowledge of agricultural subjects and a good head for business. Our exchange programme International Dairy Management prepares and trains you for a career as an entrepreneur, advisor or consultant in the dairy sector. This involves practical training, in which you will write and present an advisory report to an actual dairy farm owner.

Why this programme?

  • Learn how to advise dairy farmers on dairy nutrition, genetics and health
  • Learning from writing an advisory report for a farmer from the area
  • As an entrepreneur or consultant, you will have the knowledge needed to advise farmers on complex issues
  • Study at one of the renowned agricultural universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands in the field of entrepreneurship
  • Location: Dronten
  • Education type: Exchange programme
  • Duration: 1 semester (6 months), full-time
  • Language: English
  • Number of credits: 26 ECTS
  • Start date: 1 September
  • Application deadline: 1 May

More information

  • This programme is made up of 3 modules:

    Dairy Specialist and Advisor 

    In this module you will learn how to act as a consultant or an advisor in the dairy sector. This includes communicating with farmers, gathering farm data, analyzing this data and formulating advice that is consistent with farmers’ objectives.

    (International) Entrepreneur

    The decisions that farmers have to make are becoming more and more complex. That is why, in this module, you will learn the right competencies to develop ideas and calculate the economic effects of operational, tactical and strategic options that you have in mind for your farm or the farms belonging to your clients.

    Competency Management

    At Aeres university of applied sciences (UAS) we do not only focus on practical and theoretical knowledge, but on personal growth as well. In this module, called APL4iL, we will reflect on your development and prepare you for your professional career.

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    • Completion of at least three years of university studies in a related subject relevant to the study programme, in such a way that the resulting combined study pathway is plausible in its entirety.
    • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognized equivalent, such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79).
    • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of food chain management. Essay writing may be part of the admission procedure.
    • Strong motivation for success in the sector.
    • Team spirit and a flexible attitude in an international working environment.
  • On successful completion of the exchange programme Food Safety Management, you will be awarded a certificate.

    On completion of this programme, you will be able to:

    • Analyze and optimize a livestock farm in relation to the environment of the farm
    • Acquire projects and give advice
    • Design and execute applied research
    • Inform specific target groups in an interactive way
    • Show corporate social responsibility and introspect
    • Analyze and optimize a dairy farm in relation to the actual environmental and social developments
    • Overview the international dairy sector
    • Develop a strategic business plan
    • Develop products and services and find markets for these products and services
    • Translate and apply actual legislation and political developments to farm management and strategy
    • Inform and give advice to farmers and specific target groups in an interactive way
    • Manage dairy processes and people in the agricultural production sector

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