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Diploma in Animal Production | UMP

APS Required

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Duration

3 year(s)

Type

Diploma

Delivery

Full-time

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Requirements

  • Minimum APS: 24 with Mathematics or 27 with Mathematical Literacy
  • English (Home or First Additional Language) Level 4
  • Mathematics level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy level 6
  • Physical Science level 3
  • Life Science or Agriculture Lel 4

National Certificate Vocational:

  • NCV level 4 in Primary Agriculture with at least 50% for English (Home or First Additional Language), 40% for mathematics or 70% for mathematical literacy

Career Prospects

A Diploma in Animal Production prepares graduates for careers in livestock management, animal husbandry, and related fields within the agricultural sector. In South Africa, where livestock farming is a significant component of the agricultural industry, graduates with this qualification can pursue diverse career opportunities in animal production, management, and welfare. Here are some potential career paths for graduates with a Diploma in Animal Production:

  1. Livestock Farm Manager: Oversee the day-to-day operations of livestock farms, including dairy farms, beef cattle ranches, sheep farms, and poultry farms. Livestock farm managers are responsible for animal care, breeding programs, feed management, and disease prevention to ensure optimal production and profitability.
  2. Livestock Extension Officer: Provide agricultural advisory and extension services to livestock farmers, rural communities, and agricultural stakeholders to promote best practices and improve animal productivity and welfare. Livestock extension officers deliver training, workshops, and demonstrations on topics such as animal nutrition, health management, and breeding techniques.
  3. Animal Health Technician: Assist veterinarians and livestock producers in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal diseases and injuries. Animal health technicians administer medications, perform vaccinations, and provide basic medical care to livestock to maintain herd health and prevent outbreaks of contagious diseases.
  4. Dairy Herd Manager: Manage dairy cattle herds and milk production operations, including milking, feeding, breeding, and health management. Dairy herd managers oversee milking parlors, milk quality testing, and milk processing activities to ensure efficient dairy farm operations and compliance with dairy industry standards.
  5. Poultry Production Supervisor: Supervise poultry production facilities, including broiler farms, layer farms, and hatcheries, to ensure optimal growth, egg production, and biosecurity. Poultry production supervisors oversee flock management, feed formulation, vaccination programs, and biosecurity protocols to maximize poultry productivity and profitability.
  6. Feedlot Manager: Manage feedlot operations for beef cattle finishing, including feed management, animal health care, and facility maintenance. Feedlot managers monitor animal growth rates, feed conversion ratios, and carcass quality to optimize feedlot performance and meet market specifications for beef production.
  7. Animal Breeder: Plan and implement breeding programs to improve the genetics, productivity, and performance of livestock species such as cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Animal breeders select breeding stock, conduct mating evaluations, and monitor breeding outcomes to achieve desired traits and genetic progress in livestock herds.
  8. Animal Welfare Officer: Ensure the humane treatment and welfare of livestock in accordance with animal welfare laws, regulations, and ethical standards. Animal welfare officers assess animal welfare conditions, enforce welfare standards, and provide education and training to livestock producers on humane handling and care practices.
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