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

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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

AC
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,

SS
Dec 20, 2019

it was an amazing course which help me to understand the dairy production and management and also help me to improve my knowledge regarding dairy management as well as skills.\n\nThank you.

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By Akshay k

Aug 16, 2020

thanks

By Shalana I

Oct 15, 2020

great

By Md. R Q S

Sep 6, 2020

great

By Ashpak F .

Jun 20, 2020

good

By Mona A A

Jun 4, 2020

GOOD

By Oger E D A S

Apr 30, 2019

god!

By Lê N H V

Dec 25, 2018

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By amr m s

May 27, 2018

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By Amit G

Jun 21, 2018

Thank you for this great course, however, I was disappointed to learn that during the entire course, particularly the heat detection segment, the use of pedometers and other technology to assist with heat detection was not mentioned. also that there are computerized management systems that make the life of the farmer much easier. I know that the dairy farm at Penn State uses Afimilk systems to collect data and to manage the data in order to take care of heat detection and manage herd health. Thank you

By Dinesh N

Jul 27, 2017

Overall the course is very good. Great information throughout...

The course could be better if a couple of lectures could be made more practical- Nutrition one has a lot of percents thrown around. The Economics/Marketing one has, what I feel, the instructor reading the script in a monotone with the ends of sentences fading off.

More should be covered about diseases and how to prevent and fight them- Mastitis is an important disease and was covered well by the professor.

By Shannon R

Jan 29, 2020

Took this course because it sounded interesting. There are a lot of tedious numbers to sift through but it gave me a new appreciation for dairy farming management and what goes into production.

By Dai Q

Mar 6, 2019

The course was good. The future of U.S. dairy farmers depends on the efforts and cooperation of all states, not isolation and unfair competition.

By PRATYUSH A

Sep 21, 2020

A very well detailed and well-crafted course, tons of knowledge. happy to learn from some of the best educators in the respected field

By Deleted A

Sep 27, 2016

Good information from a mass-production standpoint, may be adaptable to fit small-scale family farms. Overall pretty good.

By Deleted A

Apr 29, 2016

Some things are a little boring but you have a good overview of diary cows when the course is completed.

By Kaplunovich S I

Mar 3, 2019

The course has been brilliant and capacious. A small demerit was that some of the links were incorrect

By Benjamin V

Jul 29, 2016

Very good course with solid background information touching on the fundamentals of US dairy farming.

By Andrew Z

Aug 2, 2020

A very good overall for Dairy Producers with lots of interesting technical studies and statistics

By FAISAL A

Mar 31, 2020

Total course is up to mark and some lessons must be split down to learn more easily.

By Peter T

Mar 7, 2018

Very good overall introduction with some excellent resource materials behind it.

By Subash C

Jul 30, 2020

It was a great learning experience. Hoping for more quality learning materials.

By MUHAMMAD U G

Dec 1, 2018

Amazing course! So recommended for everyone that works in dairy health field.

By Shruti J

Oct 4, 2020

A detailed on site dairy management course- Shruti Joshi, India

By JOSE L C G

May 23, 2019

Información muy buena y concreta.

By Sandy M J

Jul 24, 2016

Great survey of dairy operations