Dairy Farm Management Technology

  • Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Location: Randolph Center Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 63

The college’s 500-acre working farm and registered Holstein herd are integrated into all facets of the program and students are active participants in the management and operation of the farm. Practical experience at the farm is an especially valuable aspect of the program for students who lack a farm background. Additional coursework in accounting, finance, and computer applications help broaden students’ understanding of Dairy Farm Management.

Students may also apply for admission to the Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) program offered in cooperation with the University of Vermont. FARMS students make a seamless transition from Dairy Farm Management at Vermont Tech to a second two years at the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM. Full-tuition scholarships are available to Vermont students in the FARMS program.

Students who complete a degree in Dairy Farm Management Technology can transfer seamlessly into bachelor’s programs in Business or Diversified Agriculture.

Graduates of this program possess the skills and knowledge needed to operate a modern dairy farm. They frequently return to their home farms, are employed as herd managers, or work as breeding technicians, DHIA testers, or Peace Corps volunteers.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Dairy Farm Management Technology will be able to:

  • Understand dairy cow nutrition and the ration formulation process
  • Understand dairy cow reproduction and genetics and implement a breeding program
  • Competently milk and feed cows
  • Understand heifer-raising and successfully and competently raise heifers
  • Manage dairy cow transition from dry to lactating
  • Understand the dairy industry and represent it knowledgeably
  • Raise and store common New England forages
  • Manage a dairy operation budget
  • Assess a dairy business and recognize potential improvements
  • Write a business plan for a dairy operation

Careers in Dairy Farm Management

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
78%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
57,900
Job projections
5,679
Openings

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)



Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • Bonnieview Farm Bourdeau Bros. Inc.
  • Border Acres Butlerholm Farm
  • Chapman Family Farms Champlainside Farm
  • Chimney Point Farm, LP Choiniere Family Farm
  • Clark Farm Covered Bridge Farm
  • Crosswinds Dairy D Wible Property Management
  • Davis Farms Evelon Farm
  • Feed Commodities International Gray's Hilltop Farm
  • Hamilton Farm Hildene Lincoln Family Home
  • Hillcrest Farm L.F. Hurtubise & Sons
  • Middlebury College Rowley Brothers Dairy
  • Select Sires Stanley Farms
  • Vermont State Colleges System Vermont Technical College
  • Farm and Cheesemaking Intern Herd Manager
  • General Manager Farm Partner
  • Dairy Farmer Owner
  • Head of Lawncare Crew Farm Laborer
  • Groundskeeper Farm Hand
  • Goat Herdsperson Farmer
  • Milker Technician
  • Market Garden Manager

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There’s a new way to do an age old farm chore — spread manure. Most Vermont farmers use sprayers on tank trucks. But long hoses can now take manure from its source to the fields. It's a high-tech method that yields many benefits recently demonstrated at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.... Read More

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