International Short Course: Best Practices in Dairy Production and Processing (August 2014)
Description: A team of multidisciplinary faculty will organize a week-long course focusing on the principles of sustainable dairy production systems. This course will provide an opportunity for the participants to observe and learn the latest technological advances and best practices in dairy cattle management, nutrition, genetics, breeding and reproduction. Herd health management, consumer and industry linkages, and environmental issues related to dairy production systems.
The participants will receive background information and publications on these subjects. Participants will interact with the experts on the challenges and opportunities in quality milk production in the 21st Century.
BENEFITS: This course will help the participants in their research and outreach program to incorporate emerging technologies in various aspects of quality milk production including; genetics, nutrition and herd health management. Scientists will interact with the group on various aspects of quality milk production in the US. Environmental issues related to dairy production systems, including methane production and manure contamination of ground water along with current and future strategies to mitigate the problems will be discussed.
Field visits will include commercial dairy farms and milk processing plants and quality control aspects of milk production systems.
Dates: August 10 – 15, 2014
Recommended audience/Participants: Both small and expanding dairy operations.
Partners: MSU World Technology Access (WorldTAP) Program.
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