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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


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 Patrick M

Dec 10, 2020

The course was wonderful and was well lectured.

By Izaaz F

Oct 30, 2020

It was a great experience learning this course.

By Cindy W

Feb 10, 2019

The course was very thorough and very detailed.

By Dirk C

May 29, 2018

Great course, with so much related information.

By Billy M

Jul 29, 2020

Was able to sharpen my dairy production skill,

By Jonathan O

Oct 17, 2017



By Jeronimo P

Jun 21, 2017

Great course, extremely useful and very pract

By Ali S S A S

Jun 12, 2017

excellent MOOC . I recommend it for all vets.

By Gastón L C

Dec 1, 2016

Excelente!! Completo, claro y en profundidad.

By Faizan T

Nov 28, 2020

It is an honour for me to learn that course.

By Muhammad I

Jul 30, 2017

Excellent course, kudos to all the teachers.

By Anwesha D

May 1, 2022

This course was very helpful in my studies.

By Dr. M A

Aug 22, 2019

Very informative and helpful for me as Vet.

By sandun c

Apr 2, 2022

I learn lot of new knlowge in this course.

By Faheem A

Jul 22, 2021

an excellent knowledge i have gained today

By Rodolfo M

Nov 5, 2020

Job well done to all! Thank you very much!

By Nityananda S

Jun 5, 2020

It was awesome course. I enjoyed it.


By Adeel A

Oct 18, 2019

Course was very detailed and informative.

By Victor S

Sep 12, 2018

A very incisive course on dairy management

By Syed M A S

Dec 18, 2022

Awesome. A lot of professional knowledge.

By Talha N

Aug 15, 2022

Very Informative and practical Knowledge.

By Damindu R

Jan 26, 2021

Really good course. gain a lot knowledge.


Jun 22, 2017

excellent course to enrich our knowledge.

By Bernardo A P

Jun 24, 2016

I missed more interaction with lecturers.

By MD. N R A

Sep 27, 2021

great course about whole farm management