Livestock Management

Location: ROC

Program Description

This two-semester course will provide an overview and understanding of livestock management techniques including health, facilities, animal handling, nutrition, and reproduction. The course will cover the application of animal handling and management techniques for beef, goats, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, and horses. Students will learn aspects of livestock production from identifying different breeds to production management and from facilities used for specific animals to nutritional requirements.


Students will be hands-on throughout the development of livestock starting with breeding to assisting with live birth. Working on an active farm requires flexibility, organization, communication, and critical thinking. These are all skills that are emphasized in the Livestock Management program. A career in the large animal or crop science and natural resource fields is especially well-suited for people who enjoy working with animals and in the outdoors.


Livestock management students learn:

  • Overview and understanding of common routine livestock management techniques
  • Handling of livestock, including:
    • trimming hooves,
    • administering vaccinations,
    • understanding embryo transfer and artificial insemination in small ruminants
  • Proper feeding and feeds for all livestock
  • Hands-on working on the district's school farm, including solving unexpected problems that may occur.

Professional Certification Opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the ROC Livestock Management program include:

  • Forklift Operation Certificate
  • Precision Exams Animal Science I Certificate
  • Precision Exams Animal Science II Certificate
  • Precision Exams 21st Century Work Skills


Livestock Management students should have above-average skills in reading and writing and science. Students should also have a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units of elective credit each semester toward their high school graduation.

College prep course.  A-G approved.  Meets area “G” approval for UC and CSU admissions.



Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class that instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Livestock Management students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Range Management
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Biologist
  • GIS Technician
  • Large Animal Veterinarian
  • Farm Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Ag Lab Assistant
  • Field Technician
  • Product Development
  • Crop Advisor
  • Plant Breeder
  • Entomologist
  • Ag Sales