• Application deadline
  • For whom?
  • Programme

Scholarship: apply before 8 July 2019 if you want to take part in this course with a scholarship (OKP or MSP).

Alternative funding: if you are applying with alternative (own) funding you can apply up to 2 months prior to the start of the programme.

This programme is gearded towards:

  • owners and managerial staff of private, public, or cooperative dairy farms
  • dairy training institute staff
  • extension workers
  • staff who deal with all dairy farm management aspects 

This programme consists of three modules which contents the following subjects:

Module 1: Dairy cattle nutrition, forage production,and conservation

  • devize soil fertilization plans
  • develop a grazing management plan
  • formulate silage
  • optimize rumen fermentation, prevent metabolic disorders
  • systems for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (CH4) in dairy cattle nutrition
  • assess and calculate roughage supplies
  • calculate and optimize rations for the various Lactation stages of dairy cows
  • calf and young stock feeding and growth targets
  • feeding systems, TMR
  • systems for monitoring feeding management


Module 2: Breeding, reproduction management, AI, and pregnancy diagnosis

  • assessment of dairy cow breeds important in dairy farming, advantages and disadvantages
  • traits of dairy cows
  • judging conformation of cows
  • analysis of breeding bull catalogs
  • designing a breeding plan for commercial dairy farms
  • using “genomics” in selection of breeding bulls
  • key performance indicators for assessment of quality of dairy cow herds/breeding management
  • fertility management on dairy farms
  • heat detection, use of sensors
  • key performance indicators for assessment of fertility levels on dairy farms
  • artificial insemination theory and practice
  • pregnancy diagnosis theory and practice
  • maintaining breeding and fertility records, calculation of key performance indicators


Module 3: Dairy farm management, economics, and housing of dairy cattle

  • explanation, what it means to be a manager and entrepreneur
  • criteria for setting up a sustainable dairy farm and obtaining a public license to produce
  • using local and international standards to determine key performance indicators of dairy farms
  • calculate variable, fixed costs, gross margins, farm income
  • maintaining financial records
  • creating a cashflow forecast
  • calculate a balance sheet
  • create partial budget
  • make a complete budget for setup of new dairy farm, and assess feasibility