Dairy Supervisor (Level 2) Skill Set

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 Milking and sanitation | Calf-rearing | Cattle breeding | Feeding | Supervising | Cattle health | Marketing
Managing Milking and Sanitation
  • Supervise the milking routine
  • Monitor & manage the milking equipment system for proper operation
  • Develop and manage a cleaning & sanitation program for milking equipment
  • Develop a schedule, routine & manage the milk servicing systems
  • Supervise the maintenance of milk quality standards
  • Supervise the farm facilities cleaning & waste management program
Managing Calf-Rearing
  • Develop a feeding program & supervise calf feeding (0-3 months)
  • Operate & manage a preventative health program for calves
  • Monitor calf health, detect sickness, disorders & take action
Managing Cattle Breeding
  • Judge & assess cattle performance & select animals for culling
  • Judge & select cows & bulls for mating
  • Operate the herd breeding program
  • Perform AI and manage the on-farm storage of semen
  • Operate the DHI program in the herd
Feeding The Herd
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of cattle nutrition
  • Take a feed sample for nutrient analysis & interpret lab results
  • Perform a condition scoring on a cow
  • Manage a program & supervise the feeding of replacement cattle (6 months calving)
  • Supervise the feeding program & manage the feeding of the milking herd
  • Manage the pasture grazing of cattle
  • Supervise & manage the operation of feeding equipment
General Supervising
  • Demonstrate use of decision making & problem solving techniques
  • Demonstrate effective verbal & written communication for records, staff & public
  • Demonstrate supervisor’s time management competence
  • Plan & manage farm staff work schedule
  • Supervise farm staff work activities
  • Conduct training of farm staff
  • Conduct production meetings
Managing Cattle Health
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of cattle anatomy & physiology
  • Develop a herd health & vaccination program
  • Read, interpret & demonstrate basic knowledge of the dairy code of practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common respiratory diseases, disorders & treat suspected cases
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common digestive diseases, disorders & treat suspected cases
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common physical diseases, disorders & treat where possible
  • Develop & manage a control program for external & internal parasites
  • Manage dry cow health & feeding
  • Establish & maintain a calving & maternity area
  • Assess lab testing options to diagnose health problems & take proper samples
  • Set up & maintain a multi-purpose cow history record system
  • Manage the calving program & assist cows while calving
  • Develop & manage a mastitis control program
  • Diagnose minor problems & carry out basic hoof trimming & care
Dairy Products Marketing
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of milk marketing, dairy policy & pricing
  • Manage the herd’s production quota requirements
  • Manage the marketing of cattle.
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This information published to the web on June 18, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 14, 2014.