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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 Bhapapath V

Jul 4, 2019

Very useful and practical! For everyone who is looking to get started in farming business!!!

By Damilola O

Oct 27, 2020

The was greatly inspired. Thanks so much. Looking forward to meet the lecturers in charge.

By Qasim A

Mar 25, 2016

i found this Course really interesting broad the views and concept of Dairy Management ,

By Abdul M

Oct 18, 2021

This course is really very helpfull to learn practical knowledge i really admire this one

By Sheuneni K

May 3, 2019

Very valuable, practical and ready to use knowledge. I really benefited from this course.

By Rabin B

Apr 20, 2020

Excellent learning material. One of the best courses to get started on Dairy Management.

By alhamdu T

Sep 26, 2020

The course is very educative with user friendly application for fast and easy learning.

By Pritom D

Jun 9, 2020

It is really a great combination of the lectures to achieve knowledge from this course.


Aug 25, 2019

I was so pleased to receive this course of Penn State University , thank you very much!

By Omar V P R

Nov 18, 2020

Excelente curso de para aprender y repasar los temas generales de la producción láctea

By Prasanna P

Aug 7, 2020

It was an exceptionally good course. I like this course very much. Thank you coursera.

By Fernando L G

Nov 5, 2016

Very grateful! It taught me everything I wanted to know about Dairy management basics.

By Daniel H

Mar 21, 2016

Fantastic broad-based course content for all levels of dairy knowledge and experience!

By Muhammad U b S

Jul 9, 2021

I learn a lot from this first dairy MOOC of the world. Thanks to the teaching staff.

By Allie H

Oct 16, 2018

Great course! Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the dairy industry!

By Sara R L

Apr 27, 2016

I've been working in dairy genetics for less than a year, but never had any previous

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 Hardlife R

Dec 25, 2022

this course is very good with good quality videos for lectures and well explained

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 Tumain E P

Dec 4, 2022

A very useful & informative course for productive and profitable dairy farming.

By Ahmad Z J

May 30, 2021

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