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Focuses on management skills and concepts that first-year students need to continue farming in today's changing technology. Emphasis is given in establishing and recording farm business records and family goals. Students will organize and maintain farm business records and analyze them to make sound farm management decisions. Entire farming operation is assessed and plans are developed for future needs and goals. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Shows the student how to operate a tractor over 20 PTO horsepower, including how to connect and disconnect equipment or equipment parts. Topics include specialized machinery for livestock, toxic environments, agricultural chemicals, blasting, fertilizer and the youth certificate program.
Focuses on the skills, techniques and concepts necessary for sound feeding management. Topics include determining feed values, economics of feed, nutritional terminology and requirements, feed consumption of livestock, understanding feed tag labels for protein, energy, minerals and vitamins. Evaluation of base feed and feeding programs, and metabolic disease of lactating livestock. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Includes various phases of selection, breeding, herd health, and the raising and marketing of livestock and livestock products. Students will learn the selection, operation and maintenance of milking, feed, ventilation, manure handling, equipment and farm buildings. Using a business analysis, they will understand how the livestock program is related to the total farm enterprise. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Provides an overview of precision ag farming concepts and the tools used in precision farming. Topics include implement setup and field tools, monitors, documentation, data collection, and data analysis.