Which Online Schools Offer Courses in Dairy Farming?

Some schools offer dairy farming education through distance learning. Read about online and other distance learning courses in dairy farm and herd management, breeding, reproduction and raising dairy calves, as well as other topics. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of Distance Learning Programs in Dairy Farming

No regionally accredited schools offer online degree programs in dairy farming, though some do offer traditional on-campus programs. However, land-grant state universities often offer online or distance learning educational resources for dairy farmers through their extension service. Whether they provide farm visits, written materials, on-campus or distance education courses, the schools often see providing training and education to dairy managers as an important part of their role.

Important Facts About Dairy Farming

Median Salary (2014) $68,050 (Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers)
Job Outlook (2014-2024) -2% (Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers)
Required Education High school diploma or equivalent; associate or bachelor's helpful
Key skills Physically fit, mechanical aptitude, interpersonal skills

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State's Dairy Alliance offers online training that is focused on improving dairy farm personnel teamwork to maximize efficiency and profits. The university notes that measurable increases in productivity and profitability have resulted from taking this approach to dairy farming. Teams may take this course free of charge.

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota offers DairyKnow, a resource for industry professionals to learn about medicines that benefit dairy production as well as best practices. This is geared primarily toward dairy farmers and veterinarians.

University of Illinois

The University of Illinois offers a 6-course certificate program covering advanced dairy management, nutrition and forages, the physiology of milk secretion, genetics, reproduction and raising bovines from calf to mature dairy cow. These courses are presented through Internet lectures and students may access course materials via the school's website. Graduates earn a Certificate of Professional Study in Dairy Science.

Purdue University

Purdue University offers a short certification course on milking. Covering the biology of milk production, sanitation, milking parlors and procedures as well as preventing antibiotic residues in milk, the course is offered in English or Spanish. Unlike most of the courses above, which are aimed at the owners or managers of dairy operations, this certification is intended for milkers.

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