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Dairy Systems (ANSC90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeANSC90009
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Australian dairy industry has the third highest gross value of production of all the primary industries. Dairying is largely concentrated in Victoria (65% of total national production), and uses pasture as the main feed source for lactating animals. Dairy businesses are under increased pressure to maintain profit margins and sustain the quality of natural resources in the face of climatic variability and climate change, decreased water allocations, increased input costs (especially feed grains), labour supply shortages, and volatile milk prices. Meeting these challenges requires sophisticated understanding of how dairy production systems are constructed and managed, and what drives profitability.

Intended learning outcomes

In this subject students will:

  • Develop an in depth understanding of dairy production systems, and current research issues
  • Evaluate the role of the various aspects of dairy systems management within the production systems
  • Identify important social, ethical and natural resource management issues in dairy production
  • Integrate knowledge from different sources to critically evaluate issues in dairy production systems

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • Greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of dairy production systems and their responses to constraints imposed by environments and markets
  • Critical thinking and analysis and problem solving
  • Flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved ability to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats

Last updated: 26 November 2018