ANSC 312

Dairy Production Science

Course overview

Grow your understanding of the science underpinning Aotearoa-New Zealand’s dairy production. Expand your abilities using scientific literature to evaluate current nutrition, reproduction and lactation of dairy cattle, and then to design future dairy nutrition, reproduction and lactation plans.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):


  • Livestock Production Science, ANSC-213


  • restriction Dairy Production, ANSC-272

Credits 15
Domestic fees $987.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to: 

  1. Justify stocking rates, calving dates and drying off dates of dairy cows and their replacements in relation to the seasonal feed supply.
  2. Discuss the basis of intake and performance of dairy cows relating to grazing management and pasture and supplement allocation.
  3. Determine the energy, protein and mineral requirements of dairy cows, and explain how nutritional management influences health and performance of livestock
  4. Demonstrate your critical thinking by weighing, evaluating and integrating new information into your understanding of the issues.
  5. Communicate effectively using decision support tools to convey information.

Course examiners

Racheal Bryant

Dr Racheal Bryant


Department of Agricultural Sciences