Dairy Herd Management

High-tech and down-to-earth

Operating a profitable and progressive dairy farm in today’s agricultural climate involves learning to work smarter, not just harder. Successful operations are built on solid herds-person skills, effective management skills, and use of technology. If dairy farming is your career dream, completing Lakeshore’s Dairy Herd Management program is the way to turn your dream into reality.

Career Area
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • 2 Terms 
  • 28 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Starts August

Career Outlook

Dairy Herd Management

Median Income: $27,952.00*


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Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.


Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep and collect eggs in hatcheries.


Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from Lakeshore District, unless noted otherwise (i.e. Wind programs use State of WI.)


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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Some courses are offered in a blended delivery, which means instructors combine online learning with classroom work. This combination limits your time in the classroom.

Faculty Bios

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Megan Kulow

I have a passion for all things agriculture. Being an educator is a privilege. I am excited students choose our Ag programs so we can set them up for success! Lakeshore is surrounded by a large supportive community of farmers eager to have students tour their farms and get hands-on experience.

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