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Dairy Farm Systems KLA513


This unit runs  Monday 24/1/22 to Friday 25/2/22 and  Monday 11/7/22 to Friday 12/8/22


This unit introduces the different types of dairy farming systems and the internal and external alignment of these with production-oriented business practices and value creation. Farming systems are both complex and dynamic and a holistic management approach requires an understanding of the system within the context of societal expectations regarding animal welfare, natural resource management, environmental concerns, and social license. In this unit you will learn what these expectations are and how to plan for and manage these while still creating a sustainable competitive advantage. You will also learn the fundamentals of strategic communication with internal and external parties, and how to work positively with the media. This unit also considers data management and automation.

This unit’s content will introduce you to:

1. The impact of intensification on dairy farm systems.
2. Social license -
a. Sustainable Natural Resource Management.
b. Animal welfare: the law and societal expectations.
3. Communication and working with the media.
4. The role of data management and automation within an intensive farm business.

In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit fosters learning through practice and its application to specific business settings. The content of this unit and other units undertaken in this course will support the development of a personal and business portfolio.


Unit name Dairy Farm Systems
Unit code KLA513
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Alexander Malherbe
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Half Year Period 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Half Year Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Half Year Period 2 10/7/2023 17/7/2023 26/7/2023 11/8/2023
Half Year Period 1 23/1/2023 30/1/2023 8/2/2023 24/2/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the impact of the intensification on the farm systems and the implications for natural resources, animal welfare and business expansion.
  • Identify legal requirements and risks for a proposed dairy farm systems change
  • Plan a business development to a dairy farming system considering financial, legal and social license risks.
  • Develop a communications strategy around a farm systems change with you as the industry's representative
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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AssessmentQuizzes (15%)|Analyse and report on Farm Data (35%)|Propose a Farm systems expansion (50%)
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