Animal Agriculture – Best Practices in Dairy Production August 13 – 19, 2017
Application deadline: July 15, 2017

Program fee per participant: $ 3,750
Program fee includes: instruction fee, training materials, local transportation, meals, and lodging in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Organized by:
World Technology Access Program – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University

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Animal Agriculture Rationale

Consumers all over the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of food. Recent cases and stories, including tainted strawberries, infected chickens, E. coli and Salmonella infections, and mad cow disease have added to these concerns.

Globally, people are not only demanding more food, but also a safe supply of food. Globalization of the food supply has increased the risk of spreading food-borne diseases internationally. Food safety issues are thus increasingly tied to global trade agreements and are the most important cause of non-tariff trade barriers. Public concern towards the residues of pesticides used in agriculture and food production has led to changes in pesticide use and environmental policies worldwide. These policy changes are also driven by safety issues, for example, recently passed Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) in the U.S. demands new standards for pesticide
residue tolerances in raw and processed foods.

Food Safety issues are also controversial for the products developed through genetic engineering and biotechnology. In addition, new safety standards are being considered for the food produced through organic agriculture.

Program Description

Among developing countries, there is steady increase in the demand for milk and milk products due to favorable changes in income levels and living standards. Because of the perishable nature of milk, this increased demand creates an opportunity for local production in smallholder operations, or expanding operations within local economies.

In order to take maximum advantage of this opportunity, knowledgeable individuals are needed in both technology transfer and policy making positions. It is toward these individuals that this training program is aimed. Training addresses animal health and production, reproduction, milk processing, food safety regulations both locally and internationally, animal welfare issues, and environmental concerns. The aim is toward the transfer of technology that is applicable under the local conditions of the participants. Consideration is given to both very small family farms and expanding production operations within the agricultural framework of developing economies. Moreover, as a result of enhanced communication
and transportation technologies, access to global markets for the dairy products is getting much easier. However, due to the ever-changing
international and local laws and regulations, food safety issues, animal welfare issues and stricter import/export controls, it is becoming more difficult for developing economies to compete in this global market. This program also addresses issues and opportunities in international dairy marketing relevant to developing economies in taking advantage of those markets, when favorable conditions exist.

Program Components

  • Overview of dairy production systems in the US
  • Reproduction and breeding strategies for dairy cattle
  • Feeding strategies for dairy cattle
  • Herd Health Management 
  • Transition cow management
  • Pre-harvest food safety in milk production
  • Milk Processing and HACCP
  • Regulatory aspects of milk production
  • Consumer and industry linkages: Regulatory and policy issues
  • Economics of milk production
  • Dairy value Chain
  • Environmental issues related to dairy production systems
  • Animal welfare issues in dairy production systems

Our Competencies and Expertise

Training program instructors are drawn from Michigan State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Large Animal Clinical Sciences. In addition, dairy industry professionals in private and public sector institutions and regulators will be invited as resource faculty. Our training team has strong expertise in all aspects of dairy production systems. Members of our team have conducted a number of training programs in both local and international settings

Cooperating Departments and Units at MSU and other Organizations

  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Department of Agriculture Food and Resource Economics
  • Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

More information

Dr. Nanda Joshi

Phone: +1(517) 432-6167


Dr. Karim M. Maredia

Phone: +1(517) 775-6627

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.