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U of I offers online dairy courses

Published December 21, 2011
Applied knowledge, interaction with dairy professionals and a flexible schedule are three reasons why two online dairy courses will benefit students in the spring 2012 semester. The U of I is now offering Advanced Dairy Nutrition (ANSC 423) and Milk Quality and Mastitis (ANSC 435). Both will begin Jan. 23.

Advanced Dairy Nutrition will cover nutrient classes, phase feeding, dry cow feeding and health, and forages. The course will be coordinated by Mike Hutjens with collaboration from two instructors.

Milk Quality and Mastitis will cover all phases of lactation physiology, mastitis, immunity and nutrition, and health. This course will be coordinated by Dick Wallace with collaboration from two instructors.

Mike Hutjens, U of I professor emeritus of animal sciences, said these courses are certified by the U of I graduate school, allowing students to earn college credit at their respective university toward a graduate or undergraduate degree. Veterinarians and company personnel can earn continuing education credit for license certification or job related training. Dairy managers will find useful information that will return profits to their operation.

Lectures for the courses are recorded on a website with an Internet live class held during the 10 weeks of class on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. CST (ANSC 423) and 8 to 9 p.m. (ANSC 435).

"These classes allow for students to study and attend on-line lectures with maximum time flexibility, without travel to campus and schedule conflicts," Hutjens said. "The course content is applied and can be used immediately by students."

To review the class schedule, topics and enrollment details visit