17 May 1999
Dairy herd management qualifications

  • IF I wish to enter dairy herd management and consultancy after I complete my HND in agriculture, how would I go about it?


    AT the foot of this page are tables from Lantra factsheets relating to dairy and livestock qualifications, and colleges offering qualifications Keep an eye on the trade press for specialist jobs/work availability. For example:

    • Farmers Weekly: 0181-652 3500
    • Farmers Guardian: 01772 203800
    • Local NFU British Farmer publication :0171-331 7227
    • Dairy Industry Newsletter/British Dairying: 01223 460478
    • Dairy Farmer: 01473 241122
    Contact local dairy farmers to see if there is an possibility to get work experience on farm which will strengthen and enable you to apply your knowledge. Other contacts for further information include :
    • National Dairy Council, 5-7 John Princes Street, London W1M 0AP Tel: 0171-499 7822
    • National Dairymans Association, 19 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP Tel: 0171-935 4562

    COLLEGES OFFERING DAIRY COURSES
    CollegeAddressTel NoQualification and Course Title
    Otley CollegeOtley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9EY01473 785543Dairying Production – Goat and Sheep
    Coleg Llysfasi CollegeRuthin LL15 2LB01978 790263National Certificate in Agriculture (option in dairy farming) National Certificate in Dairying
    Plumpton CollegeDitchling Road, Plumpton, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3AE01273 890454National Certificate in Agriculture National Certificate in Dairying Higher National Certificate in Dairying
    Bicton CollegeEast Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BY01395 568353National Certificate in Dairying Advanced National Certificate in Agriculture – Farm and Grassland National Diploma in Agriculture (option in dairying)
    Kirkley Hall CollegePonteland, Northumberland NE20 0AQ01661 860808National Certificate in Dairying
    Reaseheath CollegeReaseheath, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6DF01270 625131Advanced National Certificate in Dairy Herd Management
    Cannington CollegeCannington, Bridgewater, Somerset TA5 2LS01278 652226Higher National Certificate in Agricultural Management (option in dairy)
    Broomfield CollegeBroomfield, Morley, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 6DN01332 831345National Diploma in Agriculture
    Newton Rigg CollegeNewton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH01768 863791National Diploma in Agriculture – Dairying
    Myerscough CollegeMyerscough Hall, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire PR3 0RY01995 640611Higher National Diploma in Dairy Herd Management
    University of ReadingFaculty of Agriculture and Food, 2 Earley Gate, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 2AU0118 931 8374MSc in Dairy Animal Science MSc in Food Science (dairy science option)
    University of LeedsDepartment of Animal Physiology and Nutrition, Leeds LS2 9JT0113 233 3952MPhil in Animal Science PhD in Animal Science
    COLLEGES OFFERING LIVESTOCK COURSES
    up to degree level
    CollegeAddressTel NoQualification and Course Title
    Askham Bryan CollegeAskham Bryan, York YO2 3PR01904 702121Higher National Diploma in Agriculture
    Cranfield University – Silsoe CollegeSilsoe, Bedford MK45 4DT01525 863318Certificate in the Management of Livestock
    Coleg Llysfasi CollegeRuthin LL15 2LB01978 790263Advanced National Certificate in Beef and Sheep Management
    De Montfort University LincolnSchool of Agriculture and Horticulture, Caythorpe Court, Caythorpe, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3EP01400 275572Advanced National Certificate in Agriculture – Management, Arable and Livestock Options
    Duchy CollegeStoke Climsland, Callington, Cornwall PL17 8PD01579 370769National Diploma in Agriculture
    Easton CollegeEaston, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5DX01603 742105Advanced National Certificate in Agriculture
    Hadlow CollegeHadlow, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0AL01732 850551National Diploma in Sheep Husbandry
    Harper Adams Agricultural CollegeNewport, Shropshire TF10 8NB01952 820280Higher National Diploma in Agriculture with Animal Production BSc in Agriculture with Animal Science
    Oatridge Agricultural CollegeEcclesmachan, Broxburn, West Lothian EH52 6NH01506 854387Scottish Vocational Qualification in Agriculture (Crop and Livestock Production)
    Otley CollegeOtley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9EY01473 785543Dairying Production – Goat and Sheep National Certificate in Livestock Production
    Plumpton CollegeDitchling Road, Plumpton, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3AE01273 890454National Certificate in Agriculture National Certificate in Dairying Higher National Certificate in Dairying
    University of AberdeenDepartment of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD01224 480291BSc in Agriculture
    University of EdinburghSchool of Agriculture, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG0131 667 1041BSc in Agricultural Science (Animal Science)
    University of GlasgowBoyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ0141 339 8855BSc in Applied Plant and Animal Science
    University of LeedsDepartment of Animal Physiology and Nutrition, Leeds LS2 9JT0113 233 3952BSc in Animal Nutrition and Physiology BSc in Animal Science
    University of NewcastleFaculty of Agriculture and Biological Science, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU0191 222 6900BSc in Animal Production Science BSc in Animal Science BSc in Farm Business Management
    University of NottinghamFaculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5RD0115 951 6002BSc in Agricultural Biochemistry
    University of ReadingFaculty of Agriculture and Food, 2 Earley Gate, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 2AU0118 931 8374BSc in Animal Science
    University of Wales, AberystwythThe Welsh Institute of Rural Studies, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth SY23 3AL01970 624471BSc in Agricultural Science
    Writtle CollegeWrittle, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR01245 420705National Diploma in Agriculture Higher National Diploma in Agriculture (Livestock) BSc in Agriculture
    Wye College, University of LondonWye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5AH01233 812401BSc in Animal Agriculture BSc in Animal Science

    AGRICULTURAL LIVESTOCK NVQs
    Contact telephone numbers for awarding bodies: 
  • EdExcel Foundation 0171-393 4500 
  • City & Guilds 0171-294 2800
  • TitleLevelAwarding BodyUnits
    General Agriculture1EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Assist with the maintenance of equipment
    Contribute to the maintenance of effective working practices
    Prepare and operate a tractor
    Transport supplies of physical resources within the work area

    Optional (4 required):
    Assist in the preparation and monitoring of livestock on outdoor sites
    Assist with harvesting and preparing extensive crops
    Assist with maintaining livestock accommodation, and providing feed and water to livestock
    Assist with maintaining the health of extensive crops
    Assist with preparing sites and planting extensive crops
    Assist with the movement of livestock
    Maintain structures and surfaces
    Livestock Production2EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Control the movement of livestock
    Maintain communications and records within the organisation
    Maintain effective working relationships
    Maintain health and safety within the workplace
    Maintain the healthy performance of livestock
    Transport supplies of physical resources within the work area

    Optional (4 required):
    Construct and maintain structures and surfaces
    Establish and maintain animals within their accommodation
    Establish and maintain livestock production
    Load and unload animals for transport
    Maintain a mechanically controlled livestock production environment
    Milk livestock by machine
    Prepare and monitor livestock on outdoor sites
    Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
    Prepare for, and assist with, shearing livestock
    Livestock Production3EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Maintain effective working relationships
    Maintain, monitor and evaluate the provision of feed and water to livestock
    Promote and maintain the healthy performance of livestock
    Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
    Receive, transmit and store information within the workplace
    Transport and maintain supplies of physical resources within the work area
    Optional (4 required):
    Enable mammals to reproduce and care for their young
    Establish, monitor and evaluate livestock accommodation
    Maintain and repair structures and surfaces
    Maintain the health and well-being of animals during transportation
    Maintain, monitor and evaluate the disposal of waste
    Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
    Prepare for the construction of, and construct, new structures and surfaces
    Prepare, monitor and maintain livestock on outdoor sites
    Prepare, monitor and maintain a mechanically controlled livestock production environment
    Prepare, monitor and maintain the milking of livestock by machine
    Select and monitor livestock and prepare them for transfer
    Shear livestock
    Additional (not a requirement):
    Collect and prepare semen for the future artificial insemination of livestock
    Mixed Farming2EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Clear and cultivate sites for planting extensive crops
    Maintain effective working relationships
    Maintain equipment and machines
    Maintain health and safety within the workplace
    Maintain the healthy performance of livestock
    Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
    Transport supplies of physical resources within the work area
    Optional (2 required):
    Control the movement of livestock
    Establish and maintain animals within their accommodation
    Establish and maintain livestock production
    Prepare and monitor livestock on outdoor sites
    Optional (2 required):
    Construct and maintain structures and surfaces
    Harvest and prepare extensive crops by mechanical means
    Monitor and maintain the healthy growth of extensive crops
    Store harvested crops
    Mixed Farming3EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Maintain effective working relationships
    Prepare sites and plant extensive crops
    Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
    Promote and maintain the healthy performance of livestock
    Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
    Receive, transmit and store information within the workplace
    Optional (2 required):
    Enable mammals to reproduce and care for their young
    Maintain, monitor and evaluate the disposal of waste
    Maintain, monitor and evaluate the provision of feed and water to livestock
    Select and monitor livestock and prepare them for transfer
    Optional (2 required):
    Control the harvesting of extensive crops by mechanical means
    Maintain and repair structures and surfaces
    Monitor and maintain the storage of harvested crops
    Promote, monitor and maintain the healthy growth of extensive crops
    Additional (not required):
    Prepare, monitor and maintain the milking of livestock by machine
    Shear livestock
    Poultry Production2EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Maintain communications and records within the organisation
    Maintain effective working relationships
    Maintain health and safety within the workplace
    Maintain site hygiene and the welfare and healthy performance of poultry
    Optional (4 required):
    Brood and grow young birds
    Enable birds to reproduce
    Establish and maintain animals within their accommodation
    Grade, store and prepare eggs for transport
    Hatch and despatch poultry
    Load and incubate hatching eggs
    Load and unload animals for transport
    Maintain egg production and collect eggs
    Maintain equipment and machines
    Maintain a mechanically controlled livestock production environment
    Provide feed and water to poultry
    Receive and select eggs for hatching
    Select and monitor livestock and prepare them for transfer
    Transport supplies of physical resources within the work area
    Poultry Production3EdExcel
    City & Guilds/NPTC
    Mandatory:
    Establish, monitor and maintain site hygiene and the welfare and healthy performance of poultry
    Maintain effective working relationships
    Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
    Receive, transmit and store information within the workplace
    Optional (4 required):
    Collect and prepare semen for the future artificial insemination of livestock
    Establish, monitor and evaluate livestock accommodation
    Load and unload animals for transport
    Maintain, monitor and evaluate the provision of feed and water to livestock
    Monitor and maintain the brooding and growth of young birds
    Monitor and maintain the grading and preparation of eggs for transport
    Monitor and maintain the hatching and despatch of poultry
    Monitor and maintain the loading and incubation of hatching eggs
    Monitor and maintain the production and collection of eggs
    Monitor and maintain the receipt and selection of eggs for hatching
    Monitor and maintain the reproduction of poultry
    Prepare for and maintain equipment and machines
    Prepare, monitor and maintain a mechanically controlled livestock production environment
    Select and monitor livestock and prepare them for transfer
    Transport and maintain supplies of physical resources within the work area

    Agriculture (Livestock Management)
    4City & Guilds/NPTCMandatory:
    Develop personal effectiveness and organise work
    Exchange information to solve problems and make decisions
    Market produce
    Plan a livestock growth and development programme
    Plan a livestock product harvesting programme
    Plan a livestock production programme
    Plan the construction and maintenance of structures and the maintenance of services and equipment
    Procure resources to obtain services and supplies
    Seek, evaluate and organise information for action
    Optional (1 required):
    Plan a grazing programme
    Plan a livestock breeding programme