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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Dairy Production and Management by The Pennsylvania State University

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346 reviews

About the Course

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 is an eight-week course. Each week consists of four to nine video lectures, additional reading materials, and a multiple-choice questions quiz. Estimated study time is between three and five hours per week. Learners have the option to purchase a Course Certificate for 49.00 USD. The certificate can be purchased at any time, but you must verify your identify before taking the course quizzes in order to be eligible. For those who cannot afford the certificate fee, financial aid is available through Coursera. 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. In this MOOOOO-C, you will 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. Course lectures are translated into Portuguese and Chinese; PDF files of these translations can be found under each course week. The Dairy MOOC team thanks Dr. Antonio Branco (Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil) and Ms. Yuanyuan Zhang (Pennsylvania State University) for translating the lecture materials. Course Sponsors This course was supported by the generous contributions of Innovation Center for US Dairy at Silver Level and Pancosma North America, RP Nutrients, Inc. and Arm and Hammer, which provided funding support at a Bronze Level. The Pennsylvania State University has final responsibility for the academic content of this course....

Top reviews


Jul 30, 2021

Overall good but in health sections more diseases should be discussed with their treatment. Feed management should be simplified like how much forage, grain, feed needed for per 100 kg of weight etc.


Nov 14, 2020

The course gave a clear and detailed view of all the compartments of the dairy industry with specific number and studies that give a clear message of the development and the cycle of the industry,

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By Bernard K

Aug 9, 2016

Excellent content that is expertly delivered in a comprehensive and precise manner.

By Muhammad O F

Jan 4, 2019

Really helpful for people who are going to start dairy business highly recommended

By Will

Oct 12, 2019

I am happy and grateful to learn anywhere in the world using Coursera. Thank you!

By محمد س

Apr 3, 2018

It's a great course and advice any one in this career to join to us to learn more

By Mohamad N B

Dec 12, 2017

Excellent course for all the persons interested in dairy farming as an enterprise

By Alvin L

Apr 24, 2016

A great course for awareness of one of our most important agricultural industries

By Ahmad Z J

May 30, 2021

It was an excellent course. It gave me insight about the modern dairy farming.

By Ashoke M

Jan 15, 2021

very very informative course thanks to coursera for this priceless experience

By Nikita P K

Jun 16, 2020

Really informative and detailed course. Learned a lot throughout this course.

By Carlos Z

Nov 20, 2016

Interactive and full of necessary information. I love this new way to learn


Aug 15, 2019

Actually this is a good course, and really helpful in my further studies.

By Jesse A

Oct 28, 2017

Great course, lots of great info, i would recommend to friends or family

By Kamran K

Aug 15, 2019

One of the best course i had.It tied me for 8 weeks.Not to miss it....

By Roemer A H

Mar 11, 2016

Brilliant Course, very well instructed and a pleasure to be a part of-


Feb 12, 2020

Great Course for learning and improving knowledge. Highly recommended

By Maíra C S

May 2, 2016

Excelent course! Interesting lessons, good material and explanations.

By Muhammad A B M

Sep 28, 2018

great source of knowledge and skills learned about the dairy sector.

By Alain G

Feb 3, 2019

Content is of high quality and teachers reply quickly to questions.

By ryan p

Aug 4, 2017

An excellent, rigorous overview of all aspects of dairy production!

By Jacob

May 19, 2017

Rare to find a course on Agriculture online, and this is top-notch.

By Solanke H

Dec 27, 2020

The MOOC was very detailed and gave me real practical experience.

By Kazi S A A

Jun 20, 2020

Great Course in terms of dairy cattle production and management

By Sami S

Jun 27, 2020

An excellent course regarding dairy production and management.


Apr 9, 2022

I have Gained so much Knowlege in Dairy by Studing this corse


Sep 1, 2020

Really informative course. course material is well arranged.