Dairy Cattle Online Course

Full Fee $595.00incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Improve your knowledge of dairy cattle management and planning. An excellent course for anyone looking to work with dairy cattle or to improve their existing knowledge. Improve your job and career prospects. Study in your own time at your own pace. Your Tutors are industry experts.

Learn to independently analyse and make decisions about the management requirements of dairy cattle: comparing dairy breeds, managing anything from one cow to a large herd, and producing dairy products (milk, cheese, cream, butter etc).

This is a very sound foundation course developed in collaboration with industry and by our team of experts (agricultural and animal scientists, veterinary surgeons etc). “An insight into the care and management of dairy cattle”.

Course Aims:

  • Select appropriate dairy breeds for different farming situations.
  • Describe the different characteristics, including their nature and scope, of dairy products.
  • Explain the management of the lactation cycle in dairy cattle, on a farm property.
  • Manage general husbandry operations for the dairy cow.
  • Manage the well-being of a dairy cow, including consideration of its health and vigour, to optimise quality and quantity of production.
  • Explain the significance of animal breeding programs for milk production.
  • Explain the management of the facilities, including buildings and machinery, at a farm dairy.
  • Develop a business plan for the management of a dairy property.


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 9 Lessons in this course:

Dairy Breeds

  • Choosing a Dairy Breed
  • Comparison of Dairy Breeds

Dairy Products

  • Milk
  • Factors Affecting the Composition of Milk

The Lactation Cycle

  • The Influence of the Farmer on Lactation
  • Planning for Feed-Flow
  • Planning the New Feed-Flow Program

Pests & Diseases of Dairy Cattle

  • Mastitis
  • Mastitis Detection- Cell Counts
  • Treating Mastitis
  • Correct Treatment Techniques
  • Dry Cow Therapy
  • The Five-Point Control Plan Against Mastitis
  • Viral and Bacterial Diseases in Cattle
  • Disease Types in Cattle
  • Other Diseases

Feeding Dairy Cattle

  • Feeding the Dairy Cow
  • The Dairy Ration
  • Working Out the Cost of Dairy Rations

Managing Dairy Cattle

  • The Dairy Heifer
  • Managing the Heifer
  • Feeding the Heifer
  • Age of Breeding
  • The Dairy Cow
  • Records
  • Factors Affecting Milk Yield

Breeding Dairy Cattle

  • Selection
  • Artificial Selection
  • Regression
  • Selection Using Family Groups
  • Disadvantages of Inbreeding
  • Performance Testing
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Ova Transplants

Managing Dairy Facilities

  • The Dairy
  • Basic Requirements of Dairies
  • Cooling of Milk
  • Machine Milking
  • Components of Milking Machine
  • Choosing a System
  • Different Types of System
  • Other Considerations
  • Four Essential Points when Choosing a Milking System

Dairy Business Planning

  • Economics of Dairying
  • Business Plan Example

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.