Cattle farmers today collectively run over 28 million animals over 200 million hectares, and the industry has changed a great deal over recent decades. And although quality beef continues to be in high demand, the ways cattle are raised and marketed is continually evolving.
The Certificate of Beef Cattle is a professional development course that will give you insights into how to start your own beef cattle enterprise, or expand your knowledge and improve your farm operations as a beef cattle producer.
In this cattle farming course, you will learn about the role of beef cattle in agriculture, beef cattle breeds and production systems, and beef cattle diseases, nutrition and breeding.
You will also study commercial herd, feed lot and stud herd management, and marketing and economics in the beef cattle industry.
On completion of this course, you will understand the principles and practices of beef cattle husbandry, and be able to make informed decisions about the management requirements of beef cattle.
Unit - Beef Cattle
Unit 1 – Introduction to beef cattle and beef cattle breeds
The role of beef cattle in agriculture
Examples of breeds worldwide
British Beef breeds – Angus, Hereford, South Devon, Sussex, Red Poll
S. Developed Beef breeds – Santa Gertrudis, American Brahman, Amerifax, Beefmaster
Correct feed and nutrition, insect control, parasite control, vaccinations, control stress etc
Unit 5 – Parasitic and Other Diseases in Beef Cattle
Some parasitic diseases
Other ailments of cattle – actinobacillosis, anaplasmosis, arthritis, beef measles
poisoning, pink eye, milk fever, bloat etc
Unit 6 – Nutrition in Beef Cattle
Feed type – roughages and concentrates
Carbohydrates, protein, fats
Grass or grain feeding
Rations for beef cattle – maintenance or production rations
Procedure for calculating a ration
Supplementary feeding of protein
Common macromineral deficiencies
Common trace mineral deficiencies
Diagnosis of trace mineral deficiencies
Water for farm animals
Unit 7 – Commercial Herd Management
The breeding herd
Beef production systems using dairy stock
Unit 8 – Feed Lot Management
Lot feeding – types of feedlot
Managing cattle in a feedlot
Article on pen feeding in South Africa
Unit 9 – Stud Herd Management
Time of calving
Indicators of fertility in bulls
Indicators of fertility in cows
Unit 10 – Management, Economics and Marketing
Factors affecting gross output
Factors affecting variable costs
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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