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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

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,

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 Muhammad Z

Sep 12, 2019

highly technical and informational.

By Crystal G

Jul 25, 2016

Covered lots of detailed materials.

By brandi p

Mar 13, 2016

this is a really well put together

By Landen R

Nov 15, 2020

This course was very informative!


Aug 13, 2020

happy to completed it very nice.

By Florence A K

Dec 7, 2017

It was a great class. Thank you!

By Robert M

May 1, 2017

Excellent Course! Well Taught!!


May 27, 2018

this is the best course so far


Mar 12, 2020

Well placed learning modules

By Sounthararasa S

May 3, 2016



Nov 24, 2020

it was wonderful, thank you

By Raymond P

Jun 19, 2016

Well done and interesting.

By Jijeesh K

Aug 3, 2020

helpful technical details

By Prashant R

Sep 23, 2019

Nice learning experience

By Muhammad a c

Dec 15, 2018

very informative course

By Lorena D

Jun 27, 2020

A really great course!

By Olumide V O

Aug 18, 2020

Awesome experience..

By Custom S

Jun 20, 2017

Great intro to Dairy

By Mahadurage D S S

Oct 17, 2020

Really Good Course

By Basant S

Sep 29, 2020

A to Z of Dairying


Jan 16, 2017

Very informative!

By Tahir H

Mar 20, 2020

Good information

By Muhammad F K

May 6, 2018

Excellent Course

By Christian M A E

Aug 25, 2019

Muy buen curso!

By Mynor M

Jan 4, 2020

good classes