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Milking Systems and Milk Quality

PTC+


PTC+

 

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English
Duration
2 weeks
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
Start of program
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Institute for International Education
City
Ede

Program description

The demand for milk and milk products is increasing rapidly, especially in developing countries. At the same time consumers, the dairy industry and authorities are setting higher standards for raw milk quality.

Many dairy farmers have difficulty producing sufficiently high quality milk at competitive prices to earn a (good) living from the farm. Farmers and their advisors need to know how to develop/operate the milking, feeding and housing systems on their farm to ensure the production of good quality milk. This course will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and insight to select, give advice on, and implement best farming practices for profitably producing quality milk.

Target Audience
- Private dairy farmers, dairy farm managers or advisors
- Dairy farm advisors employed by dairy industries, milk procurement officers
- Extension officers, trainers and lecturers in dairy farming and milk processing

Objectives
At the end of the course, participants will have developed the knowledge, skills and insight to enable them to select, give advice on, and implement best milking related practices for the production of high quality milk.

Subjects
Quality of milk; selection of milking systems; construction, operation and maintenance of milking equipment; milking techniques and the storage of milk; effects of housing systems, feed quality and hygiene on the quality of milk; analysis of critical control points and developing/utilising a milk quality control system on the farm.

Teaching Methods
The training is based on the concept of 'learning by doing', providing for the exchange of experience, theory and practice on improved working methods, experimentation, excursions, analysis, formulation of advice and assignments. The assignments are focused on planning improvements in the work situation of each participant. During practical lessons the group size is kept small with a maximum of four to eight participants. PTC+ has experienced dairy farm management trainers and specialists. 
This training is executed at our training centre in Oenkerk (Friesland). We use our own commercially operated training farms and model laboratories for analysing raw milk as training tools during the course.

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