Dairy Calf Management is an experiential learning course that provides students with an introduction to the dairy industry. This is a two credit experiential learning class that involves the daily care, feeding, and management of pre- and post-weaned dairy calves. Students are expected to attend weekly management meetings and to complete a two week feeding block. This course requires close quarter work with dairy calves. Under the best of circumstances (use of appropriate personal protective equipment) there is a small but significant risk of contracting zoonotic diseases. To mitigate this risk student purchase and use of coveralls and water proof boots is required. Additional PPE (personal protective equipment) will be provided. Students must be committed and understand the responsibilities of this course. Students must have transportation or access to transportation and must also complete UMass EH&S training within 2 weeks of class start date. Email mhuyler [at] vasci.umass.edu with questions. This course is open to BS-Animal Science & BS-Pre-Veterinary Science majors only. Other majors by permission of instructor.
NOTE: This course will not be offered in Spring 2024.