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Online Courses Livestock Management
Below are some common livestock management courses that colleges and universities offer online.
- Dairy Management Course: Prospective dairy farm managers learn about bovine mating, bookkeeping and feeding, along with nutrient management and pasteurization systems. By studying the basics of calves and heifers, students learn how to feed pre-weaned calves, promote hoof health and consider cow comfort when planning housing.
- Swine Science Course: Introductory courses in swine science train students in the basics of pork production. The curriculum covers statistical data, such as pork sales trends, and explores concepts related to marketing, swine reproduction and biosecurity, the latter of which refers to the containment of disease among swine herds. Introductory courses also provide students with an idea of opportunities available to them upon graduation.
- Livestock Grazing Course: This short course is created to teach government agencies, ranchers and livestock managers about livestock grazing and its impact on the environment. Students learn that grazing can be used to manage vegetation, but excessive usage can impact the environment negatively. Research of various plant species and fencing options help farmers to guide a grazing route.
- Animal Feed Course: Through this course, which can be taken anytime during a program, students learn about feeding livestock. Organic feed, growing feed and buying feed are among the topics explored. This course covers vocabulary and feeding principles and addresses modes for feeding livestock correctly based on the animals' digestion and the nutrient density of the various types of feed.
- Lactation, Milk and Nutrition Course: This course covers the science of milk collection and production. Consideration of handling milk safely and the use of technology in obtaining and producing milk is discussed as well.
- Principles of Animal Breeding Course: In this course, students analyze environmental and genetic factors in animal breeding. Other topics include population genetics, mating systems and technologies associated with DNA marking
- Managing Respiratory Disease Course: This course explores the bovine respiratory disease complex and how it can be controlled. Genetic factors and disease mechanism are discussed. Previous courses in bovine or equine disease may be required prior to taking this course.
Through an online animal science program, students learn how to care for various livestock animals and familiarize themselves with animal nutrition, health, breeding and waste management. Some courses are geared towards ranchers and farmers. Other courses incorporate information useful for staff in government and non-profit agencies who manage open space districts, parks and water districts, or for those who work in livestock consulting. There are both bachelor's and master's degree programs available, as well as some certificate programs.
Online livestock management courses are available through certificate programs, in addition to bachelor's and master's degrees. Topics include dairy management, swine science and livestock grazing.