Livestock Production (CRT.LVST)

The specialized Livestock Production certificate is designed to prepare students for employment positions in a variety of livestock areas. These jobs include herdsman positions, A.I. technicians, livestock managers and home farm operators. The SOE internship provides added experience in livestock management and production.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
MAT-115
General Education Pathway

MAT-115
General Education Pathway

Survey of mathematical topics including set theory, consumer/financial math, measurement and statistics. Problem solving projects involving detailed written solutions required. Calculators and computers will be used. Intended for students that don't assess directly into MAT-116. Includes supplemental instruction lab


Course Outline

OR
MAT-116
General Education Math

MAT-116
General Education Math

Survey of mathematical topics with emphasis on solutions to real life problems. Topics will include set theory, consumer/financial math, measurement, and statistics. Problem solving projects involving detailed written solutions will be required. Calculators and computers will be used.


Course Outline

* OR
AGR-040
Agricultural Mathematics

AGR-040
Agricultural Mathematics

Applications of mathematics as it applies to the operation of grain and livestock farms, agriculture business and agriculture mechanization.

Course Outline

+
2.5
AGR-052
Principles of Crop Production

AGR-052
Principles of Crop Production

Designed to develop needed skills involved in production of the major field crops in central Illinois and Indiana. Plant growth, crop choice, tillage, planting and sowing for maximum yields are emphasized.

Course Outline

+
3.0
AGR-060
Animal Husbandry

AGR-060
Animal Husbandry

Prepares students with a basic understanding of livestock care, production and management from selection through breeding and marketing of beef and dairy cattle, swine and sheep. Emphasis is placed on confinement plans and new trends.

Course Outline

+
3.0
AGR-050
Soils

AGR-050
Soils

Planned learning activities and experiences designed to cover soil development, functions of soil minerals, soil types, and their class. A major study of soil types in Illinois and Indiana and their conservation practices are included.

Course Outline

+ OR
AGR-205
Intro/Soil Science

AGR-205
Intro/Soil Science

Application of the basics in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects in soils. Soils of Illinois and Indiana are emphasized along with concepts of fertility, conservation, and field descriptions.

Course Outline

* +++
3.5
AGR-122
Farm Management

AGR-122
Farm Management

Economics principles applied directly to the organization and operation of midwest farms are discussed. Management effectiveness in cropping and livestock systems and resource utilization for maximum profit are stressed.


Course Outline

* +
2.5
AGR-061
Livestock Evaluation

AGR-061
Livestock Evaluation

Detailed study of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, and horse selection. This laboratory oriented course allows students to appraise livestock, viewing positive and negative selection points, and pays particular attention to judging.

Course Outline

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3.0

Semester Totals

17.5
Second Semester
AGR-111
Intro to Agriculture Software

AGR-111
Intro to Agriculture Software

Use of computers in farm and agri-business management with emphasis on commercially available software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping and market analysis.

Course Outline

+++
2.0
AGR-049
OSHA/Ag Mach Safety

AGR-049
OSHA/Ag Mach Safety

Provides an intensified study into agricultural machinery safety. Focuses on why agriculture machinery accidents happen, how they can be prevented, and how to create a safe working environment. Visual aids are utilized to display effect.

Course Outline

+++
1.0
AGR-123
Marketing of Ag Products

AGR-123
Marketing of Ag Products

An introductory course covering farm marketing strategies, futures markets, cash markets for livestock and grain, and general problems in pricing major agricultural commodities.

Course Outline

+++
2.5
AGR-063
Animal Nutrition

AGR-063
Animal Nutrition

Covers fundamental principles of livestock nutrition with an understanding of the mono-gastric and ruminant digestive system, essential nutrients, feed ingredients and additives, and balancing of rations. Private and commercial feed sales implications are included.

Course Outline

+++
2.5
AGR-124
Farm Credit and Finance

AGR-124
Farm Credit and Finance

An introduction to financing statements, capital and credit needs of farmers, sources of credit, and problems of borrowers and lenders.

Course Outline

+++
2.0
AGR-064
Beef/Dairy Production Skills

AGR-064
Beef/Dairy Production Skills

Prepares students with the necessary skills required in modern cattle production, the different methods and tools used to perform these skills and a close inspection of handling facilities.

Course Outline

+++
1.5
AGR-070
Swine Production Skills

AGR-070
Swine Production Skills

Prepares students with the necessary skills required in modern swine production, the different methods and tools used to perform these skills, understanding herd health, and looking at and making swine environmental decisions.

Course Outline

+++
1.5
AGR-065
A.I. Management-Cattle

AGR-065
A.I. Management-Cattle

Provides a basic understanding of reproductive physiology and trains individuals to artificially inseminate beef or dairy cattle. Explains and gives hands-on experience in actual insemination producers.

Course Outline

+++ OR
AGR-071
Swine Reproduction and A.I.

AGR-071
Swine Reproduction and A.I.

Trains individuals to understand reproductive physiology, semen collection and artificial insemination.

Course Outline

+++
1.0
AGR-041
Supervised Occupational Exp I

AGR-041
Supervised Occupational Exp I

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

3.5

Semester Totals

17.5
Summer Term
AGR-120
Agriculture Economics

AGR-120
Agriculture Economics

An introduction to basic economic concepts of the agricultural sector with emphasis on costs, revenue, price determination, supply and demand, and farm policy.

Course Outline

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3.0
Elective


Elective

No Description Available
2.0

Semester Totals

5.0

Total Program Hours

40.0
Suggested Electives
AGR-066
Meat Science

AGR-066
Meat Science

Provides a basic understanding of meat classification and grading. Emphasis is placed on the live evaluation of beef, pork, and lamb. Following harvest the carcasses will be evaluated for consumer acceptability.

Course Outline

+++
2.0
AGR-053
Integrated Pest Management

AGR-053
Integrated Pest Management

Designed to develop a working knowledge of agricultural chemicals as they are related to herbicides and insecticides. Students should have a working knowledge of calibration and maintenance of agricultural chemical equipment. Identification of major weed species in this area and their control is emphasized.

Course Outline

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3.0
AGR-121
Farm Business Records

AGR-121
Farm Business Records

An introduction into basic farm record keeping. Prepares students to compile records associated with specific farm enterprises. Record analysis is emphasized for farm efficiency measures.

Course Outline

+++
2.5
AGR-090
Principles of Agri Mechanics

AGR-090
Principles of Agri Mechanics

Covers the fundamentals of basic preventive maintenance for tractors and familiarizes the student with setting and adjusting sprayers, tillage equipment, planters, and combines.

Course Outline

+
2.5
AGR-042
Supervised Ocupational Exp II

AGR-042
Supervised Ocupational Exp II

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

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2.5