LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE

Why study livestock production?
What type of career can I expect?
What can UFV offer me?
What do I need to get in?
Anything else I need to know? 
How to apply
Program outline
I'm interested. What's the next step?
How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Where is the program delivered?
Sounds good. What do I do now?
What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
I'm not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options? 
  

Why study livestock production?
At UFV, you can train for a career in the growing field of agriculture, whether you want to work “on farm” raising livestock, or “off farm” in the agri-service sector including opportunities in business management, sales, marketing, and research.

What type of career can I expect?
As a skilled UFV agriculture graduate, you will be in high demand. Career opportunities for our agriculture grads are excellent and you should have no trouble finding work in the livestock or general agricultural industries. Some livestock-related occupations you might consider include dairy farm manager or owner/operator, dairy herdsperson, artificial insemination specialist, ranch hand, sale representative for livestock-related supplies, government livestock and forage technician, swine production assistant, poultry producer, and soils technician. You might also go abroad and work as part of the international agricultural student exchange program. As a graduate of any of UFV’s agriculture diploma programs, you are also eligible to transfer to Olds College in Alberta and receive transfer credit towards a Bachelor of Science degree in applied technology. You could also stay at UFV to pursue a Bachelor of General Studies program or consider transferring to the University of Lethbridge in Alberta

What can UFV offer me?
The Agriculture department at UFV’s Chilliwack campus offers a comprehensive one-year Livestock Production certificate and two-year Agriculture Technology diploma with an option in Livestock Production. Once you’ve completed the one-year certificate, you can ladder directly into the diploma. As a livestock production student, you will participate in hands-on learning in our UFV barn.

UFV also offers training in Horticulture Production and Protection, and a Bachelor of Business Administration for Agriculture Management. Our programs provide an excellent balance of theory and practice, and emphasize management practices compatible with agricultural sustainability and society’s increasing concerns about environmentally responsible agricultural production techniques and animal welfare.

What do I need to get in?

You must have the following:

1. The minimum entrance requirement for all Agriculture programs is B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, and

2. English 11, Principles of Math 11 or any other Mathematics 11 course, and one of the following Grade 11 sciences:

• Biology 11
• Chemistry 11
• Earth Sciences 11
• Physics 11 or
• Agriculture 11 and 12. A minimum grade of C is required in both Agriculture 11 and Agriculture 12 for admission.

You can arrange to take any necessary upgrading courses to meet the requirements through UFV’s College and Career Preparation department. Contact the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813 for details.



Anything else I need to know?
‌Good physical health with a strong desire for hands-on work with livestock is important and you must be willing to carry out physical work. Occupations in the livestock industry frequently are performed outside or in barns. If you have allergies to dust, sawdust, or animals, you should carefully consider whether or not this is the best career path for you. 

How to apply
While most of our students study full time, you are welcome to study part time. We offer flexible entry: you can start in either September or January. However, because of course sequencing the most efficient way to complete the program is to start in September. Applications to all programs are accepted anytime. As a qualified applicant, you will be eligible for the next available seat in each semester in order of date of application.

Program outline

Semester I (Fall)

Course Title Credits
AGRI 142 Agribusiness Principles  3 
 or  BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
AGRI 163 Pest Biology and Identification 3
AGRI 237 Introduction to the Health and Nutrition of Farm Animals 3
AGRI 238 Equine Production and Management 3
CMNS 125 Introduction to Workplace Communication 3
In even-numbered years:  
AGRI 239 Management and Production of Beef, Sheep, and Goats 3
In odd-numbered years:  
AGRI 256 Management and Production of Poultry and Swine 3

Semester II (Winter)

Course Title Credits
AGRI 183 Farm and Equipment Safety 3
AGRI 192 Practicum I 3
AGRI 203 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
AGRI 204 Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility 3
AGRI 254 Ruminant Animal Health 3
AGRI 328 Forage Crop Production 3
AGRI 331 Dairy Production and Management 3

 

Qualified students who successfully complete the one-year Livestock Production certificate program may also opt to receive a Milker Technician certificate by working in a milking parlour to fulfill the requirements for AGRI 192, Practicum I.

 

I’m interested. What’s the next step?
Check out our online calendar and download an application form. Read the Agriculture section carefully. Fill out the application and submit it, along with the required documents and the $45 application fee, to the Admissions and Records office at any UFV campus or centre.

A Composition Placement Test (CPT) must be written in order to take Communications 125. If you don’t take the CPT test, this does not prevent you from registering for Agriculture courses, only the Communications course that is required for graduation. You are encouraged to arrange an interview with the Agriculture department before admission to the program; this is particularly important if you’re considering part-time studies.

Year one of the Agriculture Technology diploma (Livestock Production option) is exactly the same as the one-year Livestock Production certificate. All courses from the Livestock Production certificate transfer directly to the two-year Agriculture Technology diploma.

Once you’ve successfully completed the one-year Livestock Production certificate program, you can opt to earn a Milker Training certificate by working in a milking parlour to fulfill the requirements for AGRI 192, Practicum I.

Note: Courses in artificial insemination and agricultural welding are recommended for your studies. Information on outside agencies that offer these courses can be obtained from the Agriculture department. You should budget about $500 each for these outside courses. While they are recommended, they are not required.



How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
‌It’s best to refer to the Fees and Other Costs section of UFV’s online calendar for tuition fees. Keep in mind that new fees are usually set each May. If you’re taking either the diploma or certificate program, you should budget about $1,500 annually for books, field trips, and supplies. An additional $90 will cover the cost of materials and examination fees needed to write the Provincial Pesticide Applicator’s or Dispenser’s exam.

It’s worth a visit to the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students.

Where is the program delivered?
All Agriculture programs are based at the Chilliwack campus. For more information about our Agriculture programs at UFV, call the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813.

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Apply right away.  Have specific questions? Contact the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
Please visit http://www.ufv.ca/studentservices.htm to learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. We want to hear from you! If you’re unsure of your direction, contact the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813. You can also call Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling.

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