Dairy Technician (Level 1) Skill Set

 
 
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 Milking cattle | Maintain sanitation | Caring for calves |Cattle health and breeding | Feeding the dairy herd | Operate farm equipment | Personal working skills
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Milking Cattle
  • Operate the milking & milk handling equipment on a daily basis
  • Perform routine servicing on milk & milk handling equipment
  • Milk cows
  • Operate milk sampling & recording equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cattle behavior & handle livestock of all ages
  • Read & interpret milk quality reports
Maintain Sanitation
  • Cleaning & sanitizing routine milking & milk handling equipment
  • Cleaning routine of inside & outside livestock facilities
  • Operate manure handling & storage equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of storage structure gas hazards in silos & manure tanks
  • Operate manure spreader on fields & roads
Caring For Calves
  • Calf care routine from newborn to weaning
  • Service & maintain calf rearing facilities
  • Dehorn calves
  • Tag & identify calves
  • Remove extra teats from calves
  • Perform castration by elastrator
Maintain Cattle Health and Breeding
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common dairy cattle diseases & disorders
  • Monitor & inspect stock for health & recognize signs of disorder
  • Interpret labels, handle & administer basic medications
  • Apply udder & teat treatment medications
  • Recognize & treatment mastitis
  • Inspect & monitor physical facilities for maintenance of proper environmental conditions
  • Monitor calving situations & provide assistance
  • Recognize & treat bloat
  • Recognize & treat milk fever
  • Detect a cow in heat/estrus
  • Perform A.I. & manage on farm storage of semen
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Feeding The Dairy Herd
  • Supply adequate water to cattle & perform routine waterer service
  • Operate the feeding system & carryout the feeding routine
  • Operate & perform routine service in augers & conveyors
  • Operate silo unloading equipment & perform routine service & maintenance
Operate Farm Equipment
  • Safely operate, maintain & service:
    • farm tractors
    • front end loaders
    • silage blowers an auxiliary equipment
    • emergency standby generators
    • portable feed millers/mixers
    • trucks & tractors with equipment in tow
    • two & three axle farm trucks
  • Follow safe & courteous road travel regulations
  • Repair & maintain fences & corrals
  • Safely use & select basic hand/shop tools
  • Safely transport livestock
Personal Working Skills
  • Manage your training &continuing education
  • Effectively communicate & interact on the job
  • Manage time effectively
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal financial principles (Optional)
  • Manage your health & safety on the job
  • Use a fire extinguisher & combat a small fire
  • Perform basic first aid procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge use & care of farm equipment safety devices & features.
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This information published to the web on June 29, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on November 2, 2015.