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.
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.Find an Employer Sponsor