Dairy Production and Management

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About this 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 …

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this 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.

Created by:  The Pennsylvania State University
  • Taught by:  Alexander N. Hristov, Professor of Dairy Nutrition

    Animal Science
  • Taught by:  Troy L. Ott, Professor of Reproductive Biology and Associate Director

    Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Taught by:  Bhushan Jayarao, Resident Director

    Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL)
  • Taught by:  Greg Roth, Professor of Agronomy

    Plant Science
  • Taught by:  Gabriella A. Varga, Distinguished Professor of Animal Science

    Dairy and Animal Science
  • Taught by:  Chad Dechow, Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Genetics

    College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Taught by:  Robert Van Saun, Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian

    Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Taught by:  Kathy Soder, Research Animal Scientist

    USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management
  • Taught by:  James Dunn, Professor of Agricultural Economics

    Agriicultural Economics, Sociology and Education
  • Taught by:  Lisa A. Holden, Associate Professor of Dairy Science

    Animal Science
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


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!


6 videos, 21 readings expand


  1. Video: Orientation
  2. Reading: Orientation-Chinese
  3. Reading: Orientation-Portuguese
  4. Reading: Class Policies
  5. Reading: Learning Objectives
  6. Reading: Glossary and Conversion Matrix
  7. Reading: Dairy Genetics - Learning Objectives & Glossary in Portuguese
  8. Reading: Dairy Genetics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese
  9. Video: Dairy Cattle Genetics
  10. Reading: Dairy Cattle Genetics - Lecture Text in Chinese
  11. Reading: Dairy Cattle Genetics - Lecture Text in Portugues
  12. Video: Genetic Evaluation
  13. Reading: Genetic Evaluation - Lecture Text in Chinese
  14. Reading: Genetic Evaluation - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  15. Video: Genetic Selection
  16. Reading: Genetic Selection - Lecture Text in Chinese
  17. Reading: Genetic Selection - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  18. Video: Trends in Genetics
  19. Reading: Trends in Genetics - Lecture Text in Chinese
  20. Reading: Trends in Genetics - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  21. Video: Technology in Genetics
  22. Reading: Technology in Genetics - Lecture Text in Chinese
  23. Reading: Technology in Genetics - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  24. Reading: Additional Readings
  25. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  26. Reading: Week 1 Forum - Detailed Instructions
  27. Reading: A1 vs. A2 Milk - Professors' Response

Graded: Week 1

WEEK 2


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!


5 videos, 24 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Glossary and Conversion Matrix
  3. Reading: Forage Production-Learning Obectives & Glossary in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Forage Production-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese
  5. Video: Forage Production Systems
  6. Reading: Forage Production Systems - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Forage Production Systems - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Perennial Forage Crops
  9. Reading: Perennial Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Perennial Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Annual Forage Crops
  12. Reading: Annual Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Annual Forage Crops - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Reading: Additional Readings
  15. Reading: Week 2 - Professors' Responses to Questions
  16. Reading: SB Factsheet
  17. Reading: Learning Objectives
  18. Reading: Glossary and Conversion Matrix
  19. Reading: Pasture Management-Learning Objectives & Glossary-Text in Portugueses
  20. Reading: Pasture Management-Learning Objectives & Glossary-Text in Chinese
  21. Video: Pasture Management, Part 1
  22. Reading: Pasture Management, Part 1-Lecture Text in Chinese
  23. Reading: Pasture Management, Part 1-Lecture Text in Portuguess
  24. Video: Pasture Management, Part 2
  25. Reading: Pasture Management, Part 2-Lecture Text in Chinese
  26. Reading: Pasture Management, Part 2-Lecture Text in Portuguese
  27. Reading: Additional Readings
  28. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  29. Reading: Week 2 Forum - Detailed Instructions

Graded: Week 2

WEEK 3


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!


6 videos, 20 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Glossary and Conversion Matrix
  3. Reading: Dairy Feeds-Learning Objectives in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Dairy Feeds - Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese
  5. Video: Dairy Feeds, Part 1
  6. Reading: Dairy Feeds, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Dairy Feeds, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Dairy Feeds, Part 2
  9. Reading: Dairy Feeds, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Dairy Feeds, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Dairy Feeds, Part 3
  12. Reading: Dairy Feeds, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Dairy Feeds, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Video: Hay and Silage, Part 1
  15. Reading: Hay and Silage, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  16. Reading: Hay and Silage, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  17. Video: Hay and Silage, Part 2
  18. Reading: Hay and Silage, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  19. Reading: Hay and Silage, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  20. Video: Processing of Feeds
  21. Reading: Processing of Feeds - Lecture Text in Chinese
  22. Reading: Processing of Feed - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  23. Reading: Additional Readings
  24. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  25. Reading: Week 3 - Professors' Responses to Questions
  26. Reading: Week 3 Forum - Detailed Instructions

Graded: Week 3

WEEK 4


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!


6 videos, 20 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Glossary
  3. Reading: Nutrition Basics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Nutrition Basics-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese
  5. Video: Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1
  6. Reading: Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 1- Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2
  9. Reading: Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Introduction to Dairy Nutrition, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Nutrient Requirements, Part 1
  12. Reading: Nutrient Requirements, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Nutrient Requirements, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Video: Nutrient Requirements, Part 2
  15. Reading: Nutrient Requirements, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  16. Reading: Nutrient Requirements, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  17. Video: Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1
  18. Reading: Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  19. Reading: Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  20. Video: Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2
  21. Reading: Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  22. Reading: Feeding of Lactating Dairy Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  23. Reading: Additional Readings
  24. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  25. Reading: Week 4 Forum - Detailed Instructions
  26. Reading: Week 4 - Professors' Responses to Questions

Graded: Week 4

WEEK 5


Calf and Heifer Nutrition and Feeding of Dry Cows



Calf health, growth, and productivity rely heavily on nutrition and management practices. Every heifer calf born on a dairy farm represents an opportunity to maintain or increase herd size, to improve the herd genetically, or to improve economic returns to the farm. The objectives of raising the newborn calf to weaning age are optimizing growth and minimizing health problems. In this video we will discuss the development of the calf's digestive system, learn how important colostrum is for the immune system, and the nutrients the calf needs to be healthy and grow well. We will discuss critical phases of growth for the dairy heifer, the importance of good facilities, and how nutrition plays an important role in getting a healthy well grown heifer ready to be bred and prepared to have her first calf.Proper management and nutrition of the dairy cow transitioning into lactation is very important for obtaining a healthy calf, increased reproductive efficiency and optimal milk production in the following lactation. We will learn how this can be achieved by feeding balanced diets, providing good cow comfort, and assuring the cow is in good body condition before and after she calves. There are many feeding strategies that work for feeding dry cows however the goal should always be to provide high quality feed sources, consistent availability of feed, adequate bunk space and a comfortable environment. We will discuss  how best to manage and feed the dry cow prior to calving so she can transition into lactation with a healthy calf and produce high quality milk. 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!


7 videos, 25 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Additional Readings and Glossary
  3. Reading: Calf and Heifer Nutrition-Learning Objectives in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Calf and Heifer Nutrition-Learning Objectives in Chinese
  5. Video: Calf Nutrition and Management, Part 1
  6. Reading: Calf Nutrition and Management, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Calf Nutrition and Management, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Calf Nutrition and Management, Part 2
  9. Reading: Calf Nutrition and Management, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Calf Nutrition and Management, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Management, Part 1
  12. Reading: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Management, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Management, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Video: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Management, Part 2
  15. Reading: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Management, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  16. Reading: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Management, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  17. Reading: Additional Readings
  18. Reading: Learning Objectives
  19. Reading: Additional Readings, Glossary, and Conversion Matrix
  20. Reading: Dry Cow Nutrition-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Portuguese
  21. Reading: Dry Cow Nutrition-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese
  22. Video: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 1
  23. Reading: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  24. Reading: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  25. Video: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 2
  26. Reading: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  27. Reading: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  28. Video: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 3
  29. Reading: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  30. Reading: Feeding and Managing Dry Cows, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  31. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  32. Reading: Week 5 Forum - Detailed Instructions

Graded: Week 5

WEEK 6


Dairy Reproduction



This week you will learn basic concepts related to reproduction on dairy farms. We will start with a discussion of the life cycle of the dairy cow and how to adequately prepare a heifer for her fist calving. Next will be a discussion of the basic anatomy and function of the male and female reproductive tracts. This will be followed by an overview of the bovine estrous cycle and the main hormones and ovarian structures that control the cycle. We will follow this with a discussion of factors controlling the expression of estrus by dairy cows and how to be more effective at detecting estrus. We will highlight the critical need to time ovulation and insemination to maximize conception rates and will discuss some of the factors which reduce conception rates. This will be illustrated by a discussion of the key reproductive metric, pregnancy rate. Viewers will learn about strategies to increase pregnancy rates and will better understand methods used for pregnancy detection along with the critical need for early and accurate pregnancy detection to maximize the farms’ pregnancy rates. 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!


6 videos, 19 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Glossary
  3. Reading: Dairy Reproduction-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Dairy Reproduction-Learning Objectives & Glossary in Chinese
  5. Video: Birth to Puberty
  6. Reading: Birth to Puberty - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Birth to Puberty - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Female Anatomy
  9. Reading: Female Anatomy - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Female Anatomy - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Male Anatomy
  12. Reading: Male Anatomy - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Male Anatomy - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Video: The Estrous Cycle
  15. Reading: The Estrous Cycle - Lecture Text in Chinese
  16. Reading: The Estrous Cycle - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  17. Video: Detecting Estrus
  18. Reading: Detecting Estrus - Lecture Text in Chinese
  19. Reading: Detecting Estrus - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  20. Video: Conception Rate and Pregnancy Detection
  21. Reading: Conception Rate and Pregnancy Detection - Lecture Text in Chinese
  22. Reading: Conception Rate and Pregnancy Detection - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  23. Reading: Additional Readings
  24. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  25. Reading: Week 6 Forum - Detailed Instructions

Graded: Week 6

WEEK 7


Animal Health and Milk Quality



In Week 7 of this course, you will learn about disease concerns of dairy cows and calves and management practices addressing diagnosis and prevention. Our discussions will progress from first establishing disease prevention concepts of biosecurity and evolutionary change to dairy herd health programs. The next three discussions will focus on disease issues related to the calving cow, calf and lactating cow. These lessons will provide background information and practical skills in recognizing disease problems early in an effort to minimize adverse consequences on animal health and performance. The last two discussions will focus on disease treatment and prevention practices in addressing important conceptual approaches as specific mechanisms for treatment and prevention are dependent upon regulatory issues within a given country. We will address the controversial issue of antibiotic usage in the treatment of cows as an important concern for food production, but also as part of good animal care and ensuring animal welfare. Preventive practices of vaccination strategies and parasite control will be framed in a conceptual approach that could be applied to differing farm situations. Finally our discussion will emphasize the importance of good nutrition, thus linking information from other course modules, to establishing proper dairy management practices to ensuring quality cow care and minimizing disease risks. 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!


13 videos, 38 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Glossary and Conversion Matrix
  3. Reading: Animal Health-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Animal Health-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Chinese
  5. Video: Biosecurity
  6. Reading: Biosecurity - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Biosecurity - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Calving Sense
  9. Reading: Calving Sense - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Calving Sense - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Calf Sense
  12. Reading: Calf Sense - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Calf Sense - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Video: Cow Sense
  15. Reading: Cow Sense - Lecture Text in Chinese
  16. Reading: Cow Sense - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  17. Video: Treating Sick Cows
  18. Reading: Treating Sick Cows - Lecture Text in Chinese
  19. Reading: Treating Sick Cows - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  20. Video: Preventative Practices
  21. Reading: Preventative Practices - Lecture Text in Chinese
  22. Reading: Preventative Practices - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  23. Reading: Additional Readings
  24. Reading: Learning Objectives
  25. Reading: Glossary
  26. Reading: Milk Quality-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Portuguese
  27. Reading: Milk Quality-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Chinese
  28. Video: Bovine Mastitis, Part 1
  29. Reading: Bovine Mastitis, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  30. Reading: Bovine Mastitis, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  31. Video: Bovine Mastitis, Part 2
  32. Reading: Bovine Mastitis, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  33. Reading: Bovine Mastitis, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  34. Video: Bovine Mastitis, Part 3
  35. Reading: Bovine Mastitis, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  36. Reading: Bovine Mastitis, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  37. Video: Milk Quality, Part 1
  38. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  39. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  40. Video: Milk Quality, Part 2
  41. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  42. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  43. Video: Milk Quality, Part 3
  44. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  45. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  46. Video: Milk Quality, Part 4
  47. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 4 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  48. Reading: Milk Quality, Part 4 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  49. Reading: Additional Readings
  50. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessment
  51. Reading: Week 7 Forum - Detailed Instructions

Graded: Week 7

WEEK 8


Farm Economics and Environment



In Week 8 of the course, you will learn about the basics of dairy farm management and identify some key aspects of farm level economics that impact farm productivity and profitability. From crops to cows to cash, the dairy farm is an economic engine that has positive impacts on local communities. The second part of this series expands on dairy’s local impact to provide a global view of dairy markets around the world. From price volatility to seasonal milk supplies, the world marketplace for dairy products is complex. In the last lectures of this course we will discuss the environmental implications of dairy production and strategies for decreasing nitrogen, phosphorus, and greenhouse gas emissions from dairy operations. 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!


7 videos, 26 readings expand


  1. Reading: Learning Objectives
  2. Reading: Glossary and Conversion Matrix
  3. Reading: Farm Economics-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Portuguese
  4. Reading: Farm Economics-Learning Objectives, Glossary in Chinese
  5. Video: Dairy Farm Management
  6. Reading: Dairy Farm Management - Lecture Text in Chinese
  7. Reading: Dairy Farm Management - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  8. Video: Dairy Farm Economics
  9. Reading: Dairy Farm Economics - Lecture Text in Chinese
  10. Reading: Dairy Farm Economics - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  11. Video: Dairy Markets
  12. Reading: Dairy Markets - Lecture Text in Chinese
  13. Reading: Dairy Markets - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  14. Video: Milk Marketing
  15. Reading: Milk Marketing - Lecture Text in Chinese
  16. Reading: Milk Marketing - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  17. Reading: Additional Readings
  18. Reading: Learning Objectives
  19. Reading: Glossary
  20. Reading: Dairy Production and the Environment-Learning Objectives & Glossary-Text in Portuguese
  21. Reading: Dairy Production and the Environment-Learning Objectives & Glossary-Text in Chinese
  22. Video: Environment, Part 1
  23. Reading: Environment, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  24. Reading: Environment, Part 1 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  25. Video: Environment, Part 2
  26. Reading: Environment, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  27. Reading: Environment, Part 2 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  28. Video: Environment, Part 3
  29. Reading: Environment, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Chinese
  30. Reading: Environment, Part 3 - Lecture Text in Portuguese
  31. Reading: Additional Environmental Impact Readings
  32. Reading: Discussion Forums and Assessments
  33. Reading: Week 8 Forum - Detailed Instructions

Graded: Week 8
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