Calf Rearing develops your management skills for working in the commercial production of calves for dairy, meat and breeding purposes.

If you work on a farm or are planning to purchase one, this course will help you determine the breed of calf you would like to have, how many to manage at once and the processes needed for breeding healthy calves and the weaning processes you can put in place when they are sold or old enough to be moved from their mother.

The course is self-paced to suit your lifestyle.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Calving & Culling
  2. Calving Management
  3. Calf Health Management
  4. Calf Rearing Systems
  5. Calf Housing
  6. Weaning
  7. Post-Weaning
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Select calves for specified purposes, including dairy stock, and breeding stock.
  • Explain the methods of managing calving operations on a farm.
  • Explain the diagnosis of common health problems which may occur in calves.
  • Explain different techniques of calf rearing.
  • Explain the housing requirements of calves in an animal production situation.
  • Explain the procedures for weaning calves in a commercial situation.
  • Explain the post-weaning requirements of calves in a commercial situation.