Babcock short course at Dairy Expo draws participants from 19 countries

More than 80 agricultural leaders from 19 countries will flock to Wisconsin Sept. 27-29 for the 13th annual Babcock Institute/World Dairy Expo International Dairy Short Course.

Held in conjunction with the largest dairy exposition in the world, the International Dairy Short Course offers practical, hands-on training to dairy industry leaders who travel from across the world to learn about a variety of topics taught by internationally recognized university faculty and industry professionals.

Since 1998, the course has consistently attracted global participants because of its high-quality training and exposure to progressive dairy research in the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“From the faculty members at UW-Madison to industry leaders around the state, Wisconsin’s expertise in dairy and agriculture is world-renowned. The International Dairy Short Course is an opportunity to showcase the best that Wisconsin has to offer,” said Karen Nielsen, director of the Babcock Institute.

Participants will travel from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia for the course.  Previously offered in both English and Spanish, the course has garnered enough interest that it will also be taught in Chinese for the first time this year.

The short course will include a combination of farm tours, workshops and lectures covering the topics of Genomics, the Profitability of Reproductive Programs, Feeding Efficiency, Cow Comfort, Treatment of Mastitis, and Calf Care. Presentations will be offered by UW-Madison faculty members Dr. Victor Cabrera, Dr. David Kammel, Dr. Randy Shaver, Dr. Kent Weigel, UW researchers Jose Pantoja and Jerry Guenther, veterinarians Dr. Alfonso Lago and Dr. David Rhoda, and Karen Nielsen, director of the Babcock Institute. The short course will also feature visits to area farms including Brugger Dairy and Larson Acres Farm.

Among the participants will be 12 Cochran Fellows from Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador who will stay for additional dairy management training. The Cochran Fellowship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides training and support to help developing nations improve agricultural systems and also works to enhance trade linkages between countries. The Babcock Institute has previously hosted Cochran Fellows from Latin America, northern Africa, India, and Turkmenistan.

For additional information about the Babcock Institute/World Dairy Expo International Dairy Short Course, please visit the Babcock Institute’s website at