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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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Orientation and Dairy Genetics

In the Dairy Genetics module, you will learn about the different breeds of dairy cattle, their popularity and how performance varies from one breed to the next. We will consider the many different traits that are evaluated by farmers and breeders during genetic selection, and how we collect data to conduct genetic evaluations. In order to simplify the selection process we will consider selection indexes. You will learn how dairy cattle have changed over the last half-century, and the factors that alter the rate of genetic progress. Finally, you will learn about the technologies that have helped to accelerate genetic gain in dairy cattle such as artificial insemination and genomic testing. Those of you, who would like to get more engaged in discussions and are interested in completing the Course Certificate requirements, can participate in discussion forums and take the weekly quiz. We hope you enjoy learning about the genetics of the dairy cow! ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 33 min), 35 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Dairy Cattle Genetics5m
Genetic Evaluation7m
Genetic Selection6m
Trends in Genetics5m
Technology in Genetics4m
Reading35 readings
Orientation-Chinese10m
Orientation-Portuguese10m
Orientation-Spanish10m
Orientation-Bulgarian10m
Class Policies10m
Learning Objectives10m
Glossary and Conversion Matrix10m
Dairy Genetics - Learning Objectives & Glossary in Portuguese10m
Dairy Genetics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese10m
Dairy Genetics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Spanish10m
Dairy Genetics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Bulgarian10m
Dairy Cattle Genetics - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Dairy Cattle Genetics - Lecture Text in Portugues10m
Dairy Cattle Genetics-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Dairy Cattle Genetics-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Genetic Evaluation - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Genetic Evaluation - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Genetic Evaluation-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Genetic Evaluation-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Genetic Selection - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Genetic Selection - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Genetic Selection-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Genetic Selection-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Trends in Genetics - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Trends in Genetics - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Trends in Genetics-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Trends in Genetics-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Technology in Genetics - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Technology in Genetics - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Technology in Genetics-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Technology in Genetics-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Additional Readings10m
Discussion Forums and Assessment10m
Week 1 Forum - Detailed Instructions10m
A1 vs. A2 Milk - Professors' Response10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 126m

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8 hours to complete

Forage Production and Pasture Management

This week you will learn about what forages are, why they are important and the multiple roles they play on the dairy farm. We will also review some of the basic management considerations that are involved in the establishment, production and harvesting of these crops. The first lecture will focus on the multiple roles that forages play on the farm on considerations that are necessary to develop an effective forage production system. In the second lecture we will discuss some common perennial forage crops and their management. This will include alfalfa, alfalfa grass mixtures and grasses. In the third lecture, we will discuss the annual forages commonly used on dairy farms: corn, sorghums and small grains. You will learn how to utilize pastures in dairy production systems. The fourth lecture will discuss grazing and pasture management, including challenges of grazing systems, how grazing management has evolved, and proper grazing management for optimum forage and animal productivity. The fifth lecture will focus on nutrition for grazing herds, including nutrient content of pasture relative to the nutrient requirements of lactating dairy cows and strategic supplementation strategies for optimal animal health and milk production. Those of you, who would like to get more engaged in discussions and are interested in completing the Course Certificate requirements, can participate in discussion forums and take the weekly quiz. Enjoy this week's material and the entire course!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 40 min), 38 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Perennial Forage Crops7m
Annual Forage Crops6m
Pasture Management, Part 17m
Pasture Management, Part 210m
Reading38 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Glossary and Conversion Matrix10m
Forage Production-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese10m
Forage Production-Learning Obectives & Glossary in Portuguese10m
Forage Production-Learning Obectives & Glossary in Spanish10m
Forage Production-Learning Obectives & Glossary in Bulgarian10m
Forage Production Systems - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Forage Production Systems - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Forage Production Systems - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Forage Production Systems - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Perennial Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Perennial Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Perennial Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Perennial Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Annual Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Annual Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Annual Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Annual Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Additional Readings10m
Week 2 - Professors' Responses to Questions10m
SB Factsheet10m
Learning Objectives10m
Glossary and Conversion Matrix10m
Pasture Management-Learning Objectives & Glossary-in Portugueses10m
Pasture Management-Learning Objectives & Glossary-in Chinese10m
Pasture Management-Learning Objective & Glossary-in Spanish10m
Pasture Management-Learning Objective & Glossary-in Bulgarian10m
Pasture Management, Part 1-Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Pasture Management, Part 1-Lecture Text in Portuguess10m
Pasture Management, Part 1-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Pasture Management, Part 1-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Pasture Management, Part 2-Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Pasture Management, Part 2-Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Pasture Management, Part 2-Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Pasture Management, Part 2-Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Additional Readings10m
Discussion Forums and Assessment10m
Week 2 Forum - Detailed Instructions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 230m

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7 hours to complete

Feeds, Hay and Silage Making, and Feed Processing

This week you will learn about feeds commonly fed to dairy cows and feed processing. We will first discuss the feeding characteristics of forages such as corn silage, alfalfa haylage, grass and small grain silages, will then move to concentrate feeds that provide energy or protein in a dairy ration, and at the end will discuss feed additives. You will also learn about the most important factors in making high quality hay and silage for dairy cows. The final lecture of this week will introduce you to processing methods designed to increase the nutritive value of forages, the importance of particle size and effective fiber in dairy rations, and most common processing methods for cereal grains and oilseeds. At the end, we will discuss how to read and understand forage analysis reports. Those of you, who would like to get more engaged in discussions and are interested in completing the Course Certificate requirements, can participate in discussion forums and take the weekly quiz. Enjoy this week's material and the entire course! ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 55 min), 34 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Dairy Feeds, Part 27m
Dairy Feeds, Part 37m
Hay and Silage, Part 17m
Hay and Silage, Part 211m
Processing of Feeds13m
Reading34 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Glossary and Conversion Matrix10m
Dairy Feeds - Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese10m
Dairy Feeds-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Portuguese10m
Dairy Feeds - Learning Objectives & Glossary in Spanish10m
Dairy Feeds - Learning Objectives & Glossary in Bulgarian10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Dairy Feeds, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Hay and Silage, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Hay and Silage, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Hay and Silage, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Hay and Silage, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Hay and Silage, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Hay and Silage, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Hay and Silage, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Hay and Silage, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Processing of Feeds - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Processing of Feed - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Processing of Feed - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Processing of Feed - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Additional Readings10m
Discussion Forums and Assessment10m
Week 3 - Professors' Responses to Questions10m
Week 3 Forum - Detailed Instructions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 330m

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7 hours to complete

Nutrition Basics, Requirements, and Feeding of Lactating Cows

This week you will be introduced to the principles of animal nutrition, basic nutrients and their metabolism, sources for these nutrients in a dairy diet, the anatomy of the digestive tract of a ruminant animal, the wonderful world of the rumen microbes, and major end-product of ruminal fermentation. Further, you will learn about energy and protein metabolism and nutrition, and nutrient requirements and their importance in feeding dairy cows. In the last segment of Week 4, we will discuss the life cycle of a dairy cow, lactation curve, grouping strategies, diet formulation basics, typical sources of energy and protein in dairy diets, will touch on mineral and vitamin nutrition, summarize nutritional recommendations for the various stages of the lactation, and diet preparation techniques. Those of you, who would like to get more engaged in discussions and are interested in completing the Course Certificate requirements, can participate in discussion forums and take the weekly quiz. Enjoy this week's material and the entire course! ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 52 min), 34 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 26m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 15m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 24m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 114m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 214m
Reading34 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Glossary10m
Nutrition Basics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese10m
Nutrition Basics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Portuguese10m
Nutrition Basics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Spanish10m
Nutrition Basics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Bulgarian10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1- Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1- Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1- Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2- Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2- Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Nutrient Requirements, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Spanish10m
Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Bulgarian10m
Additional Readings10m
Discussion Forums and Assessment10m
Week 4 Forum - Detailed Instructions10m
Week 4 - Professors' Responses to Questions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 430m
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By SDApr 7th 2018

It was very useful information I found during this course. Please let me know any course related to dairy farming in future. I will be interested.

By RHJun 1st 2016

It is wonderful to see the tremendous advances in Dairy Production and Management methods since I grew up and worked and lived on a dairy farm.

Instructors

Alexander N. Hristov

Professor of Dairy Nutrition
Animal Science

Troy L. Ott

Professor of Reproductive Biology and Associate Director
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Bhushan Jayarao

Resident Director
Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL)

Greg Roth

Professor of Agronomy
Plant Science

Gabriella A. Varga

Distinguished Professor of Animal Science
Dairy and Animal Science

Chad Dechow

Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Genetics
College of Agricultural Sciences

Robert Van Saun

Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Kathy Soder

Research Animal Scientist
USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management

James Dunn

Professor of Agricultural Economics
Agriicultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Lisa A. Holden

Associate Professor of Dairy Science
Animal Science

About The Pennsylvania State University

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