ANSC - Animal Husbandry Science

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • Replacement rearing is an important enterprise on the modern dairy farm, with the greatest investment of time and money occurring during the first three months of the heifer calf's life.  This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the nutritional, environmental and health challenges a calf must go through during this period.  Lab sessions will focus on mastering basic calf care skills including care for the newborn calf, feeding neo-natal calves, weaning practices, diagnostic procedures and bio-security protocols to address calf health as well as economic c

  • Using computers to manage dairy herds is essential to maintain and improve herd production and profitability. Today's dairy farmer needs to understand and utilize the powerful computer programs available to organize herd information. This course takes the student through the commonly used computer programs and utilizes actual herd information to allow students to practice using the management tools.

  • Survey of the dairy cattle and livestock industry, including beef, sheep, swine, and horses. Topics include breeding and feeding systems, disease control measures, housing and basic management practices; selection of animals for production, market, and breeding; characteristics of the major breeds, economic importance and marketing trends.

    Ag Tech Lab Fee - $55

  • Management of the transition dairy cow involves care of the pregnant cow from approximately one month pre-partum until about 60 days post-partum when the cow is at or near peak production in the lactation cycle. This course addresses management and monitoring at the herd level as well as at the individual cow level. Recognizing dystocias and abnormalities, calving procedures, fresh cow physical examinations and post calving metabolic disorders and infectious diseases will be discussed.

  • This course provides theoretical and hands-on experiences related to the production of quality milk.  Emphasis will be placed on the basics of milk production by the cow, assessment of udder health, milking routines and parlor supplies, mastitis and mastitis treatment protocols, milking equipment operation and maintenance, milk inspections, and milk pricing.

  • This module will provide students both theory and practical skills in herdsmanship core competencies. Competencies will include cow handling techniques, lameness detection and treatment, herd health, recognizing diseases, nutrition basics, and cow comfort.

  • This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of reproduction and artificial insemination (A.I.) techniques in dairy cattle. The student will gain an understanding of the anatomy of the bovine reproductive tract through examination and palpation of both slaughterhouse specimens and live palpations. The student will learn to read sire summaries, use linear scoring, apply recordkeeping approaches and analyze herd reproductive performance. Common reproductive diseases will be discussed as well as the latest information on heat detection and synchronization programs.

  • This one week module was developed to provide workforce development opportunities for the dairy industry in Western New York. This module will provide students both theory and practical skills in dairy industry core competencies.

  • This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of reproduction and artificial insemination (A.I.) techniques in dairy cattle. The student will gain an understanding of the anatomy of the bovine reproductive tract through examination and palpation of both slaughterhouse specimens and live palpations. The student will learn to read sire summaries, use linear scoring, recordkeeping approaches and analysis of herd reproductive performance. Common reproductive diseases will be discussed as well as the latest information on heat detection and synchronization programs.

  • This course is a systems approach to the study of anatomy and physiology of common domestic animals, emphasizing Ruminant, Equine, Swine, Canine and Feline as the animal models. The online course materials will provide the student with a complete overview of how each body system functions in the maintenance of a normal healthy animal. The online course materials will be reinforced in the laboratory where skeletons, models and prosected specimen will allow the student to gain applied perspectives of the gross anatomy and normal physiology.

  • This course provides the student with an understanding of animal nutrition. Students will learn feeding farm animals for growth, production, and profit, nutrient content and physiological value of feeds; nutrient requirements of farm livestock; physiology of digestion and developing and evaluating rations.

  • Fundamental information on the nature of disease and its control and prevention are studied. Students are introduced to the causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment of common diseases as well as to the life cycles, damage, diagnosis, control and treatment of various internal and external parasites.

  • The course introduces the student to the management and production of assorted species of livestock. Breeds of sheep, beef, and swine will be studied as well as the skills in selecting and judging these species. Feeding and management of each of these species, as well as housing and equipment requirements for animals in specific types of operations will be examined. Students will be introduced to diseases and parasites that may be encountered when managing a species-specific livestock operation.

  • Dairy Management Analysis is an overview of specific subject matter which influences dairy cattle production units today. Subject matter includes dairy records analysis, fresh cow management, heifer and calf management, housing and ventilation, economics, profitability and employee management. Participation in the Northeast Dairy Challenge interscholastic competition or an assigned farm assessment is required.

  • Dairy Cattle Production I is an introduction to specific subject matter which influences cattle production units today. Subject matter includes: on-farm disease control and biosecurity, calf and heifer management, milk letdown and physiology of lactation, udder health, basic herdsmanship skills and introduction to Dairy Comp 305 record keeping software.

  • Dairy Cattle Production III focuses on dairy farm management analysis to troubleshoot and prioritize production and profitability opportunities. The course includes: developing on-farm observation skills, production records analysis using Dairy Comp 305, monitoring cow and rumen health, nutrition and feeding management and employee management.

  • This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the nutritional, environmental and health challenges a calf must go through from birth to yearling stage. Lab sessions will focus on mastering basic calf care skills. Field trips will be incorporated into the laboratories to expose students to different management approaches including custom calf raisers, and large and small herd replacement enterprises. Students will spend two hours per week practicing calf care procedures.

  • This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the nutritional, environmental and health challenges a calf must go through from birth to yearling stage. Lab sessions will focus on mastering basic calf care skills. Field trips will be incorporated into the laboratories to expose students to different management approaches including custom calf raisers, and large and small herd replacement enterprises. Students will spend two hours per week practicing calf care procedures.

  • A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chair. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.