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Dairy Production (B.S.)

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Produce milk to feed the world.

Dairy products are vital components of nutritious diets around the world. This major focuses on the production of high quality milk, with an emphasis on lactation, nutrition, breeding and farm management, leading to numerous exciting and diverse job opportunities all around the country.

Current starting salaries range in the region of $45,000 to $60,000 per year. The Dairy Research and Training Facility, with 130 milking cows and nearly 300 animals in total, provides opportunities for hands-on experience through laboratory exercises and optional employment. A commercial internship experience is also required. Graduates will become leaders in milk production and allied industries.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in dairy cattle
  • Have an interest in the dairy industry
  • Have leadership capabilities
  • Are interested in opportunities for personal growth
  • Are passionate about food production

Career Opportunities

  • Herd manager
  • Dairy equipment specialist
  • Dairy field specialist
  • Nutrition consultant
  • Breeding and genetics specialist

Recent Employers

  • Family farm
  • Alltech
  • Trans Ova
  • DHIA
  • Accelerated Genetics

Internship Opportunities

  • Zoetis
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Cargill
  • Extension
  • Dairy Farm operations

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.