Learning outcomes of the course unit
To give to the student the knowledge about dairy cattle breeding and on chemical composition and on the main physico-chemical and dairy-technological properties of the milk .
Course contents summary
Dairy cattle livestock and milk production. Dairy cow breeding organisation. Calf breeding for replacement. Heifer breeding. Dairy cow breeding. Functional controls of milk production. Causes of cow culling. Feeding techniques. Cow housing types: tie-stall and free-stall. Machine milking. Milking systems: milking equipment for cowsheds and milking installations for milking parlours. Milk chemical composition. Milk proteins. Milk physico-chemical properties. Genetic factors and milk production. Physiological factors and milk production. Pathological factors and milk production. Feeding factors and milk production. Zootechnical factors and milk production. Climatic conditions and milk production. Environmental hygiene and milk production. Milk production legislation. Milk quality payment.
Visits to dairy cattle herds.
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