Dairy Science

Division: Agriculture

This area of study prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of dairy management and production. Dairy Science students have a foundation for the field of list field through the study of dairy nutrition and reproduction, breeding and selection of quality cattle and computer applications in dairy production and will acquire skills and knowledge necessary for reediness to assist in the management of modern dairy operation.

Contact Information

Agriculture Division Chair

Kim Pitigliano | (559) 688-3117 | kimp@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building B: 104 | Tulare Campus

Provost - Tulare College Center, Dean of Agriculture  

C. Louann Waldner, Ph.D. | (559) 688-3050 | louannw@cos.edu 
Tulare Center Building A: 109 | Tulare Campus 

DSCI 101 Introduction to Dairy Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Survey of the dairy industry; supply of milk and milk products and their uses; emphasis on the history, development and projections of the dairy industry in the US. Covers general information on the economics of dairying; dairy facts and trends; dairy animal selection, culling, fitting, showing, and judging; pedigree evaluation; basic dairy feeds and feeding; fundamentals of bovine reproduction; basic dairy management skills; requirements for and opportunities in dairy industry employment. Laboratory Required. (C-ID: AG-AS 112L)
DSCI 103 Commercial Dairy Herd Mgmt 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of commercial dairy herd operations. Cost of production, herd health, milk pricing, and use of computer programs is also part of the class.
DSCI 104 Breed/Select of Dairy Cattle 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Instruction in the theory and interpretation of elements used in the selection and evaluation of dairy breeds of cattle will be the main emphasis of this course. Concepts and abstracts used for quality grading of animals will be emphasized. Insemination, embryo transfer, gender selection, bull proofs and cow mating practices shall be covered as they relate to quality criteria.
DSCI 108 Dairy Nutrition 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
This course is designed to give students an in depth study of dairy cattle nutrition. Nutrient requirements of dairy cattle, commodity feeding, ration formulation and feeding systems will be discussed. Computer application of ration formulation will be used, along with spreadsheets to project feed inventories and usage.