Dairy Management, B.TECH., Major #1605

Dairy Management is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses. 

Program Description

Students are admitted to the baccalaureate program as freshmen with a B- or higher high school average and two units of math and science. SAT or ACT scores are required. Transfer students are admitted to the baccalaureate program by several means that offer flexibility to the student to meet the requirements of the degree. The student may successfully complete an A.A.S. agricultural degree program in agriculture, where required courses could transfer in the B.Tech. Dairy Management program. The student may also enter the program after completing transferable, college-level course work in either general education or technology- based courses, or transfers from other accredited institutions. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required. All bachelor degree programs must complete the State University of New York Board of Trustees mandated general education requirements.  Consult your academic adviser for specific details.

The Northeast Dairy Industry has many advantages that are causing growth and creating greater profitability. The resulting growth of the Northeast Dairy Industry is generating a need for qualified people trained in the management of dairy farms and related businesses. Dairy farms, like other businesses, are really about people. The B.Tech. in Dairy Management is designed to prepare students to enter this very dynamic and rewarding industry. The program focuses on enhancing management and herdsmanship skills, emphasizing three areas: interpersonal skills such as communication, animal science and business management. The program is very practical and student-oriented, giving students many opportunities to experience working with dairy animals and managing dairy enterprises. 

The facilities include a free-stall complex milking around 200 registered Holsteins, an electronically enhanced milking parlor and student-managed computer systems and a modern calf and heifer facility, all of which provides a tremendous learning environment for dairy and agricultural students.

Students will be required to complete the Dairy Management Experience course at the end of their career at Morrisville, which will include one of the following:

  1. A directed dairy-related internship

  2. A one semester residency in the W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute’s Advanced Dairy Management Program

  3. A one semester residency at Cornell that allows students to take upper level courses in animal science and farm business management 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • The ability to utilize and demonstrate effective time and human resource management

  • The ability to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills

  • The ability to utilize practical knowledge and skill sets pertinent to the dairy and agriculture industries

 Curriculum Requirements - 120 Credits

course

Credits

DANS 100 Dairy Nutrition 

3

DANS 110 Dairy Breeding

3

DANS 120 Anatomy and Physiology of the Diary Cow    

3

DANS 140 Dairy Cattle Judging         

1

DANS 150 Dairy Farm Practicum I

2

DANS 151 Dairy Farm Practicum II

2

DANS 160 Introduction to Dairy Science

3

DANS 210 Dairy Health 

3

DANS 220 Dairy Herd Management

3

DANS 225 Dairy Production & Management

3

DANS 240 Dairy Farm Data Management

1

DANS 301 Dairy Management Experience

16

DANS 305 Dairy Heifer Replacement and  Management

3

DANS 340 Advanced Diary Reproduction

3

DANS 450 Advanced Dairy Herd Mgt.

4

AGBS 100 Agricultural Economics

OR

AGBS 225 Environmental Economics 

3

AGBS 200 Marketing Agricultural Products

3

ABGS 240 Farm Management and Finance

4

AGBS 305 Agricultural Financial Decision Making  

3

AGBS 405 Capstone for Farm Managers & Rural Entrepreneurs

3

AGRO 110 Soil Science

3

AGRO 210 Field Crop Management 

3

AGRO 310 Pasture Management

3

300 - 400 Level BSAD or AGBS as advised

3

BSAD or AGBS as advised   

3

AGSC 137 Analysis and Interpretation of Agricultural Data

3

AGSC 350 Animal Genetics

3

AGSC 132 Introduction to Computer Applications in Farming

OR

OFFT 110 Intro to Spreadsheet Software 

AND

OFFT 100, 106 or 109

2

ACCT as advised

3

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

COMP 310 Advanced Technical Communications

3

MATH as advised (must meet SUNY GER)

3

SPAN Spanish as Advised

3

Additional SUNY GER (6 credits from 2 of the remaining categories)

6

Additional General Elective Credits 

4

Suggested Course Sequence

course

credits

Year 1/Fall - 17 Credits

DANS 100 - Dairy Nutrition

3

DANS 160 - Introduction to Dairy Science

3

DANS 150 - Dairy Farm Practicum I

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

Year 1/Spring- 16 Credits

DAN 110 - Dairy Breeding

3

DANS 120 - Anatomy & Physiology

3

DANS 140 - Dairy Cattle Judging

1

DANS 151 - Dairy Farm Practicum II

2

DANS 240 - Dairy Farm Data Management

1

AGBS 200 - Marketing of Agricultural Products

3

MATH

 

3

Year 2/Fall - 16 Credits

DANS 210 - Dairy Health

3

DANS 220 - Dairy Herd Management

3

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

AGRO 210 - Field Crop Management

3

 Elective (GAH, GA, GOC, GSS, GWC)

3

Year 2/Spring - 14 Credits

DANS 225 - Dairy Production & Management

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

OFFT 100 - Intro to Spreadsheet Software

1

OFFT 10X - Computer Applications Course

1

ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting I

3

 Elective (GAH, GA, GOC, GSS, GWC)

3

Year 3/Fall - 15 Credits

DANS 340 - Advanced Dairy Reproduction

3

AGBS 305 - Agricultural Financial Decision Making

3

AGRO 310 - Pasture Management

3

SPAN 101 - College Spanish I

3

 AGBS/BSAD Elective

3

Year 3/Spring - 13 Credits

DANS 305 - Dairy Heifer Replacement & Management

3

AGBS 405 - Capstone for Farm Mgmt & Rural Entrepreneurs

3

COMP 310 - Advanced Technical Communications

3

AGSC 137 - Ag. Statistics

3

General Elective

1

Year 4/Fall - 13 Credits

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics - Dairy

3

DANS 450 - Advanced Dairy Herd Management

4

 AGBS/BSAD Upper Elective

3

 General Elective

3

Year 4/Spring - 16 Credits

DANS 301 - Dairy Management Experience

16