Chevron Left
Back to Dairy Production and Management

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

1,014 ratings
323 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,

Filter by:

101 - 125 of 320 Reviews for Dairy Production and Management

By Gooli M R

Dec 19, 2016

The course has covered all the topics related to Dairy & Farm Management. Thanks a lot to the Professors for sharing their

By Shubham S

May 10, 2020

A very detailed and informative course. Must be completed by everyone having interest in Dairy Production and Management.

By Amogh K

Feb 15, 2019

Excellent in depth practical knowledge. Highly recommended for anyone interested in dairy production or dairy economics.

By Alam A M L

Nov 23, 2020



Dec 5, 2020

نحن نبحث عن عمل. أنا جيد مع الجهاز التناسلي للأبقار. وإدارة مزارع الأبقار. وأشكر جامعة بنسلفانيا على المعلومات الجيدة.

By Naveen K

Sep 30, 2020

Wide inclusion of every aspect of dairy farm management. Quite useful for all prospective Dairy farming entrepreneurs.


May 6, 2021

this course was well taught. all the lecture videos are very informative and knowledgeable. thank you for everything


Nov 21, 2020

I've never expected to learn so much information in this time ( 8 weeks), very good data with astonishing professors


Jul 4, 2020

Excellent course in design, information and learning. I am so grateful to Penn State for the incredible experience.

By Gerardo H

Jun 9, 2019

Excelente me a instruido y actualizado en gran manera en mis conocimientos en el área de la producción de leche.

By Thomas M C

Apr 2, 2020

An integrated aproach to milk industry. I am a vet, so it's good to keep up with concepts and learn new things.

By Cristian M

May 7, 2021

Un curso muy completo que permite ver la producción lechera tanto desde el punto productivo como el ambiental.

By Mohamed A K A

Oct 19, 2020

Incredible and outstanding course and the instructors are discussing dairy farming from different standpoints

By Jamaal f

Apr 29, 2021

I truly learnt a lot and confirmed also knowledge I already had . Truly worth doing AND IM GREATLY HUMBLED


Feb 24, 2019

It was a wonderful course full of knowledge and every professor had explained all things related to Dairy .

By Omer J

Jul 22, 2017

Excellent course video lectures, additional reading, discussion platform, and interesting quizzes. Thanks.

By Juan P P Z

Dec 30, 2017

excelente curso, en especial para quienes estén apasionados por la ganadería de leche, recomendado tomar.

By yuefeng g

Jul 27, 2020

It is a very impressive course. Lots of famous professor give the lectures. Thank you for the courses.


Jun 22, 2019

This course is mind blowing i gain lots of knowledge through this course ,its really help full for me.

By Valentina A L

May 6, 2017

Very well prepared and presented by a very successful group of professionals. Thanks to all your team!

By Cristhian G P Z

Oct 2, 2020

Excelente muy recomendado, se requiere de tiempo para las lecturas y videos pero es muy constructivo

By Tue T D

Sep 28, 2017

The main best part is Nutrition in each stage of the animal and basic nutrition on feed material

By Guilherme A C

Oct 21, 2018

Great course! i could not finish it due to my job, but i really enjoy the classes i attended

By Divya M

Oct 4, 2020

this course enriches your concepts on how management and production work in dairy industries

By Hewa M R P P

Sep 25, 2020

This course is amazing. Thank you for providing a valuable opportunity to learn this course.