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Livestock Production

Pathway Certificate

9 Credits | Less than 1 Year

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*

Outreach Center: Balsam Lake*

*Combination of Hybrid and On Site instruction

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The Livestock Production program is designed to give the agricultural enthusiast the technical training needed to skillfully join their family farm operation or start their own. Hands-on labs focus on creating the foundation of basic agronomy, animal husbandry and agricultural business skills needed to take their farm to the next level.

Program Overview

The Livestock Production pathway certificate will give you the fundamentals of livestock management and husbandry along with an understanding of nutrition. Coupled with a class in farm records and analysis, you will complete this program with the skill set to manage and make critical decisions surrounding the day-to-day business of a livestock operation. 

Program Outcomes

The Livestock Production Certificate will prepare students to:

  • Evaluate livestock management plans
  • Create farm business plans
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The classroom setting has an environment of camaraderie that encourages students to share their experiences. 

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Practical, on-farm application.

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A sharing environment.

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Flexible scheduling.


Livestock Production courses are offered On Site in Rice Lake and available through Hybrid instruction at Ashland, Balsam Lake, and New Richmond.

  • Evening course will be available for individuals needing to complete continuing education requirements for FSA loans.
  • Labs will be on Fridays at either the Rice Lake campus or On-Farm (at regional farms and test plots).

Career Pathways

This pathway certificate will ladder into the Farm Operation technical diploma. 

Practical & Applicable Lessons

The lessons of this program are designed to be applied directly to the production agricultural operation. The intent of each lesson is to either improve quality of life, strengthen farm profitability or streamline management. 

Experienced Instructor

The instructor for this program has a background in production agriculture and has tacit knowledge to sort through university and industry recommendations with competency and awareness of day-to-day farm activities. 


Livestock Production specifically covers: Livestock Nutrition, Livestock Management, and Farm Records and Analysis.

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Featured Livestock Production Courses

| 3 CR
The Livestock Nutrition course will instruct the student in the following areas: anatomy and physiology of livestock; nutrient requirements for calves, heifers, and cows; ration balancing for calves, heifers, lactating cows, and dry cows; determine livestock feed needs; evaluate by-product feeds and feed additives; low input livestock feeding; metabolic disorders; and current issues in agriculture. Individualized instruction will be held at the student's on-the-job work location. The class also involves credit for on-the-job experience.
| 3 CR
Animal agriculture has changed dramatically in the past decade and will continue to change at an even more rapid rate in the future. With advanced technology, animals have been cloned from tissue cells other than the gametes. This may allow us to produce animal products other than the traditional milk, meat, and fiber of the past. Along with positive changes, we have new animal diseases, concerns for the environment, human health, and these things are happening in a very volatile, economic climate. This course will help you analyze the current situation and make plans to take advantage of the changes in animal agriculture brought about by technological advances. Only by taking advantage of this change will we be able to survive economically in a world market.
| 3 CR
This course emphasizes the practical use of a farm record system in managing the farm through farm and financial analysis. Includes the establishment of farm business goals, selection and use of farm credit, farm business arrangements, farm estate planning, and farm income taxes. Instruction is provided on the use of computers and/or computer records and financial analysis of the farm business and finance strategy to meet the learner's needs. Production and financial decisions will be made based on the learner's farm business analysis. All competencies will be assessed using the learner's farm or with simulations established by the instructor.

Livestock Production is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Livestock Production student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Pathway Certificate
9 Credits/Less than one year
Potential Careers
Field Technician, Field Applicators, Custom Operators, Agricultural Equipment Operator
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Pathway Certificate
9 Credits/Less than one year
Potential Careers
Farm Laborers, Feeder, Animal/Livestock Handler
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Advance your skills with the one-year technical diploma. 

Technical Diploma
28 Credits total/One Year
Potential Careers
CSA Owner, Organic Farmer, Farm Owner, Farm Manager/Operator, Farm/Field Crop Manager, Livestock Farmer, Breeder, Farm Worker, Dairy Laborer, Dairy Herdsperson
Range of Yearly Salary
$25,998-$37,437 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out an application form. That's it!

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22* 

Livestock Production

9 Credits | Less than 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Livestock Production Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Livestock Production pathway certificate.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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