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- 6 weeks
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- Institute for International Education
The demand for milk and milk products is increasing rapidly, particularly in developing countries. As a result many (developing) countries are stimulating their dairy sector. Dairy development is a complex issue. At farm level, managerial skills are often a bottle neck to operate a dairy enterprise successfully.
At the end of the course, the participants are equipped with new attitudes, knowledge and skills which will enable them to enhance their work performance.
The training programme consists of three modules organised within a period of six weeks. This set-up allows for individual packages tailored to the requirements of the participants. Each module can be attended as ‘stand alone’. The total is designed to provide a basic training in all aspects of modern dairy farm management.
Module DFM 01; Fodder production, nutrition and feeding systems
Production of sufficient roughage of good quality in combination with proper feeding management are the foundation for optimal technical and financial results on commercial dairy farms all over the world. The main subjects covered in this module are: roughage production, conservation and utilisation systems, feeding plans, quality aspects of feed stuffs, ration calculation, calf and young stock rearing and mechanised feeding systems.
Module DFM 02; Breeding, health and fertility management
Selection of a dairy cow breed suited to the conditions of the dairy farm as well as breeding programmes to improve the genetic potential are important aspects of dairy farm management. This is also true for prevention and control of management related and other diseases, like mastitis, hoof problems and parasites. Fertility management is part of this module; it includes practical training in artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis.
Module DFM 03; Dairy farm economics, record keeping and analysis
The objective of all commercial dairy farmers is making a profit. The quantities of inputs required and their related costs, in combination with technical results and output (milk) prices determine whether a dairy farm is commercially viable and therefore sustainable. Based on an analysis of the technical and financial results, the dairy farm manager should be able to pinpoint the weak spots of his/ her enterprise and make plans to eliminate these weaknesses. This module focuses on farm economics, dairy farm record keeping systems and systems to analyse the technical and financial performance of dairy farms.
All modules include some general topics and activities:
milking and milking techniques, housing, mechanisation and automation of various aspects of dairy farm management.