ANSC 072

Dairy Production

Course overview

A study covering the concepts and management systems involved in the nutrition, breeding, reproduction and healthy development of dairy cattle, along with the factors that influence performance and milk quality.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 15 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below


  • Livestock Production Systems, ANSC-21 ANSC-21R
Credits 15
Domestic fees $934.00

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. Conduct a farm walk and prepare a feed wedge to manage pasture and supplement, and make operational and tactical feed planning decisions to meet pasture deficit’s and surplus.
  2. Prepare a feed plan for a dairy herd at all stages of the production cycle. (Including being able to reliably calculate feed requirements for the desired level of production.)
  3. Estimate the quantity and quality of feed required for a desired level of production. Then predict how the physical characteristics of feeds could influence intake and nutrient supply.
  4. Predict how milk yield and composition is influenced by feeding practices, age of cow and genetic worth.
  5. Interpret production and breeding records to select sires, replacement heifers and to make culling decisions.
  6. Evaluate the success of a mating programme.
  7. Develop strategies to control or prevent ill health or disease in dairy cattle.
  8. Identify the potential source of any milk grade and plan preventive measures.
  9. Identify characteristics of milk yield and composition that influence milk income.
  10. Appreciate the size and scope of the Aotearoa-New Zealand and international dairy industry.
  11. Understand and respond to the environmental and animal welfare responsibilities of the dairy industry.

Course examiners

Omar Al Mareshdeh

Dr Omar Al-Marashdeh


Department of Agricultural Sciences