Agriculture - Livestock Management & Production

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Program Description

We will prepare you to be a successful manager in our Livestock Management & Production program. You will easily transfer your hands-on training at our 900-acre livestock and land lab into a livestock manager responsible for running a business. Your learning experience is enhanced through our renowned cooperative internship program that sends you across the U.S. and the world.

You will work hands-on with cattle, sheep, swine, and horses at our Agriculture Center. Our center includes:

  • Animal Health Unit
  • Feed Processing Complex
  • Beef Unit
  • Swine Gestation, Farrowing, Nursery, and Finishing
  • Sheep Unit

You will be responsible for making sure the goods from the animals are produced safely, efficiently and profitably by monitoring what the livestock is fed, keeping the animals healthy and ensuring overall cleanliness of animals and facilities.

Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree
Locations: Beatrice
Formats: In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$9,510 Associate of Applied Science

You can start the Livestock Management & Production program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

Contact your program advisor to select general education courses from each category to meet graduation requirements.

You’re a Good Fit

You are a good fit for Horticulture & Turfgrass Management program if you:

  • have excellent management skills
  • are able to communicate both verbally and written
  • are a strategic thinker
  • understand ecological principles
  • are willing to be a lifelong learner
  • keep accurate records
  • are detail oriented
  • understand the livestock you are managing
  • carefully select your vendors and business partners


A successful livestock manager must keep accurate financial records, supervise employees, and ensure proper care of the livestock. Average starting salary in the industry is $33,488. Careers include:

  • Livestock Genetics Specialist
  • Swine Production Technician
  • Feedlot Technician
  • Animal Health Sales
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Research Technician
  • Livestock Production Specialist
  • Conservationist

Transfer Pathway

Our Livestock Management & Production program has a transfer pathway agreement with Kansas State University. You are able to receive a hands-on education while earning your A.A.S degree at SCC before enrolling at KSU to complete a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact