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Dairy Production and Management

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, reprod...
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Video: 7h 40m
Language: English

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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.

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How much does the Dairy Production and Management course cost? Is it worth it?

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Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

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Who is the instructor? Is Alexander N. Hristov a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Alexander N. Hristov has created 1 courses that got 223 reviews which are generally positive. Alexander N. Hristov has taught 36939 students and received a 4.73 average review out of 223 reviews. Depending on the information available, Alexander N. Hristov is a TRUSTED instructor.
Animal Science
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Alexander N. Hristov is a Professor of Dairy Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University with an appointment of 25% teaching and 75% research. He earned his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the Bulgarian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and has worked as a Research Scientist in his native Bulgaria, the USDA-ARS Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, WI, and Ag Canada’s Research Center in Lethbridge, AB. Dr. Hristov was Assistant and Associate Professor of Dairy Nutrition with the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID for 9 years before he came to Penn State in Jan 2008 as an Associate Professor of Dairy Nutrition, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. Dr. Hristov teaches courses in Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, Advanced Dairy Herd Management, and Ruminology at Penn State. His main field of research is dairy cow nutrition, specifically improving the efficiency of utilization of dietary nutrients for milk synthesis and reducing nutrient losses and gaseous emissions from dairy operations. Dr. Hristov has served as Division Editor for the Ruminant Nutrition Section of the Journal of Animal Science and Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science. His published works include more than 120 refereed-journal articles, as well as several book chapters. He has also been the editor of two books. Dr. Hristov is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, Federation of Animal Science Societies, and the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. He is also the current coordinator of the Network and Database on Feed and Nutrition in Relation to Greenhouse gas Emissions (FNN), an activity of the Livestock Research Group (LRG) within the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and member of the Feed Composition Committee of the National Animal Nutrition Program (NANP).


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