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Dairy Farming and Entrepreneurship

Aeres University of Applied Sciences

Certificate / Diploma Short course Dronten

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Developing competencies required for managing a commercial dairy farm. It comprises of 3 modules focusing on forage production, nutrition, breeding, reproduction management, housing and farm economics
Course description The objective of all commercial dairy farmers is to make a profit. The costs and quantities of inputs in combination with the technical results achieved and the output (milk) prices determine whether a dairy farm is commercially viable and therefore sustainable. Ensuring the production of sufficient quantity and quality of roughages, their preservation and usage in feeding dairy animals are essential. Fodder and feed is supplied according to requirements and used in the optimum way. Breeding and reproduction management are important in order to produce replacement animals of better quality. Getting insight with regard to housing and mechanisation of dairy farms which have their impact on labour efficiency, costs, animal welfare, environment. To monitor and evaluate the technical performance recording and analysis of all farm data will be important in order to make informed decisions. All of the above aspects also have their impact on technical and the financial performance of the dairy farm. As an entrepreneur you are also continuously looking for ideas to improve the technical and financial performance of your farm. This will require preparing business plans
Study subjects Forage production, silage making, ration calculation, calf and young stock rearing, fertility management, artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, farm recording, milking, housing of dairy cows, farm economics, farm analysis and benchmarking, making business plans
Course objectives participants are able to: -work out forage production plans, rations and feed dairy cows -rear calves/young stock -develop breeding plans, detect heat, perform AI and PD and record information -design cow barns -milk cows in different milking parlours -calculate gross margin, farm income, cash flow -analyse technical/financial performance of dairy farms -developing business plans
ECTS credits 19.00
Duration 3 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, individual assignment, lecture, practicum, self study
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Information about the institution Talent for growth. That is what Aeres University of Applied Sciences (Aeres UAS) from the Netherlands stands for. Our university is rooted in the agricultural and educational higher education. We focus on education, research and sharing knowledge. This is how we contribute to the development of innovative professionals. Professionals who are capable of taking responsible decisions in a complex world, with a natural talent for acting sustainable. Aeres University of Applied Sciences offers Bachelor programmes, a Master programme and a number of short courses. We have three faculties in the cities: Dronten, Almere and Wageningen. We share the same vision and mission, but we each have our own profile and identity. Aeres UAS is part of the Aeres group, which also contains TVET colleges in Agriculture and Aeres Training Centre International (ATCI) in Barneveld. The short coures of Aeres UAS are offered in close cooperation with ATCI and result into a certificate or diploma.


Admission requirements
  1. Certificate level with at minimum 3 years of practical experience in the dairy sector gricultural education or training with at least 3 years relevant working experience in the dairy sector
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.0
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Duration 3 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
9 Mar 2020 9 Jan 2020 10 Oct 2019
19 Apr 2021 1 Feb 2021 10 Oct 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)n.a.€ 11000n.a.

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  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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