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Online Course on Dairy Production & Management

Present course on Dairy Production & Management is offered by Penn State University from Coursera platform. This 8-week programming course is aimed at general public interested in how milk is produced, professionals directly or indirectly involved in dairy production, livestock producers, educators, and students currently enrolled or interested in animal/dairy science.

This course covers fundamental knowledge and best practices related to sustainable dairy production systems in their broadest sense. The course will start from June 30, 2018.

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Course At A Glance  

Length: 8 weeks
Effort:  3-6 hours/week
Subject: Dairy Production & Management
Institution: Penn State University and Coursera
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on June 30, 2018

Providers Details

Penn State University is offering the course via renowned online platform Coursera. Penn State University is ranked among top of universities in the world with a reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.

This course will make you learn about the dairy enterprise from internationally recognized dairy science professors who have delivered highly regarded dairy education programs within the United States and internationally.

About This Course

Why is producing milk efficiently and sustainably so important? Milk provides humans with over 16 essential nutrients, such as: Energy, Protein and Essential Amino acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, several B vitamins, including B12, Pantothenic and Folic acids, and essential minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, as well as other minerals. Did you know that one glass of milk provides a 5-year old child with 21% of his/her daily protein requirements and 8% of their energy needs?

Most milk in the world, about 85%, is produced from cattle. However, water buffaloes, goats, sheep, and camel are also dairy animals. The United States, India, the European Union, Brazil, and New Zealand are among the largest dairy producers in the world. Yet among these dairy-producing countries there are varied methods to generate milk with highly variable productivity and efficiency. Dairy production is vital for the survival of billions of people. Globally, around 150 million small-scale dairy households, equivalent to 750 million people, are engaged in milk production. The number and size of dairy farms varies among countries, but in India alone, there are estimated 78 million dairy farms! In the United States, one of the leading milk-producing countries in the world, total milk production has been steadily increasing in the last decades, reaching over 205 billion pounds (93 billion kilograms) in 2014. This was accompanied by a steady increase in average milk yield per cow, reaching 22,260 lb (over 10,100 kg) per lactation in 2014. How has this efficiency been achieved? What methods are necessary to ensure production of high quality milk? How do we balance milk production efficiency with animal health and environmental protection? This course will provide the student with information to better understand dairy production systems and their role in feeding the world population.

Introduction

With the world’s first MOOOOO-C, you will gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of dairy management such as genetics, nutrition, reproduction, animal health, farm economics, and sustainability of dairy production systems. There’s something here for everyone whether you are just looking for the basics or have years of experience in the dairy industry.

This free online course will provide the student with information to better understand dairy production systems and their role in feeding the world population.

The course will deliver fundamental knowledge and best practices related to sustainable dairy production systems in their broadest sense.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

If you’re a healthcare professional, this course will offer you a taste of the University’s Certificate in Obesity Management.

Learning Outcomes

Applicants will learn about:

  • Dairy Genetics
  • Forage, Production and Pasture Management
  • Dairy Nutrition
  • Dairy Reproduction
  • Metabolic Disorders and Herd Health
  • Milk Quality and Milk Hygiene
  • Dairy Farm Management and Economics
  • Dairy Production and the Environment

Course Format

This course will be 8-weeks in length consisting of 8 lecture segments with of a total of 47 videos. Each video will be 6 to 8 minutes in duration. All lecture segments will have additional reading materials. Assessments will be through multiple-choice exams. Students will interact with each other and course faculty through discussion forums.

Instructors

Dr. Alexander Nikolov Hristov
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Greg Roth
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Gabriella Varga
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Troy Ott
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Robert VanSaun
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Lisa Holden
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. James Dunn
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Chad Dechow
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Kathy Soder
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Bhushan M. Jayarao
The Pennsylvania State University

Requirements

The primary target of this MOOC is individuals interested or currently working in the field of dairy production or science. Target audiences include general public interested in how milk is produced, professionals directly or indirectly involved in dairy production (e.g. farm managers, employees, consultants, and government officials), livestock producers, educators, and students currently enrolled or interested in animal/dairy science.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create a Coursera account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.

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