Dairy Production Technician

WHAT YOU DO

Dairy Production Technicians are compassionate animal lovers who develop a strong connection to their dairy herds, but they are also highly detailed and technical tradespeople.

As a Dairy Production Technician, you complete your tasks with kindness and patience. You are responsible for the health, breeding and maintenance of cattle and calves. Dairy Production Technicians do what it takes to get the job done. You’re never shy about cleaning equipment, and don’t think twice about calming a nervous calf. Your duties include managing farm equipment, using computerized systems and applications, feeding the herd, and yes—milking the cows.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to operate and maintain milking and milk handling equipment
  • How to prepare cows for milking and perform safe milking procedures
  • How to feed, care, and asses the health of newborn calves and dairy herd
  • How to monitor milk quality and log milking data
  • How to manage common dairy cattle diseases through medication or prevention (including biosecurity and vaccination)

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Dairy Production Technicians often work for dairy farms and milk producers. Some go on to work as veterinarians.

Types of Workplaces

  • Dairy farms
  • Milk producers

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You will be paired with an experienced Dairy Production Technician or Herdsperson who will ensure that you learn the basics of cattle care and safety. You’ll continue to perfect your skill level with a variety of industry-specific techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of your craft.

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Artisans are

ATTENTIVE, CREATIVE, EXPRESSIVE, INVENTIVE, PRECISE

Critical Skills

  • Milking cattle
  • Maintaining sanitation
  • Caring for calves
  • Maintaining herd health and breeding
  • Feeding and watering
  • Operating and servicing equipment and facilities

Earn

$44K - $55K annually
$15.00 - $38.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    Mostly Weekdays

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Artisan's Story

Shanna Shirey, 20

Baker

Terrace, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.