Dairy Genetics (1 week)
Dairy breeds and performance differences among breeds; sire proofs and genetic evaluations; selection objectives and the prioritization of traits; long term genetic trends and the effect of genomic selection in elite and commercial dairy farms.
Forage, Production and Pasture Management (1 week)
Forage production and the multiple roles that forage crops play on the dairy farm; production practices for both annual and perennial forages and the key management considerations that are necessary for optimizing the forage yield and quality of these crops on dairy farms; grazing and pasture management, including challenges of grazing systems, how grazing management has evolved, and proper grazing management for optimum forage and animal productivity.
Dairy Nutrition (2 weeks)
Common terminology and basic principles of ruminant nutrition, characteristics of dairy forages, concentrate feeds, and feed additives, silage-making, and processing of feeds; specifics about animal requirements and recommended feeding practices and diet formulation basics for various categories of dairy cattle, including dry and lactating cows and young stock.
Dairy Reproduction (1 week)
Begins with the birth of a heifer calf and moves to discussion of the factors that contribute to growth, development and longevity of this animal in the milking herd. Topics covered will include the basics of reproductive anatomy and hormonal control of reproductive process, managing both males and females to maximize their reproductive function, basics of assisted reproduction including appropriate insemination protocols, hormonal synchronization, methods of pregnancy diagnosis and factors affecting reproductive performance.
Metabolic Disorders and Herd Health (1 week)
Various aspects of cow and calf health management and disease diagnostic methods to keep the animals healthy, profitable and producing high quality food for the growing human population.
Milk Quality and Milk Hygiene (½ week)
The mastitis and milk quality section is comprised of two parts. In the first part we will address the udder health of the milking cow, milking practices, and best practices used for prevention and control of bovine mastitis. The second part of the program will focus on best practices used on dairy farms for production of quality raw milk.
Dairy Farm Management and Economics (1 week)
Detailed strategies for profitable management of the dairy herd; various tools for decision-making and the implications of those decisions on farm profits; the role of government; how milk is marketed.
Dairy Production and the Environment (½ week)
Environmental impact and mitigation strategies for decreasing nitrogen, phosphorus, and greenhouse gas emissions from dairy operations.
- Bhushan Jayarao - Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory
- Lisa Holden
- Chad Dechow
- Kathy Soder - Department of Animal Science
- Gabriella Varga - Department of Dairy and Animal Science
- Greg Roth - Department of Plant Science
- Robert VanSaun - Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
- Troy Ott - Department of Animal Science
- Alexander Hristov - Department of Animal Science
- James Dunn
Coursera est une entreprise numérique proposant des formation en ligne ouverte à tous fondée par les professeurs d'informatique Andrew Ng et Daphne Koller de l'université Stanford, située à Mountain View, Californie.
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