UW-Madison to develop curriculum for major dairy training program in China
Representatives from Nestlé China were in Madison in June 2014 to sign a $1.7 million agreement for developing a dairy training program serving a new Nestlé center in China's Heilongjiang Province. UW-Madison personnel will design and help deliver a series of courses covering key aspects of dairy farm management.
"The curriculum will range from practical training for farm workers to managerial level training for farm managers to courses for expert consultants who will be advising those managers," explains UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science professor Pamela Ruegg (see photo at right, taken at the signing ceremony), who is leading the project with dairy science professor David Combs and Karen Nielsen, director of the university's Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development.
The new Dairy Farming Institute is the key element of Nestlé's effort to establish a larger, more reliable source of high quality milk to supply its processing facilities in China. The institute will include a training center and three demonstration farms to teach farmers and dairy industry professionals the skills needed to manage larger, more sophisticated dairy operations.
Besides the new institute - located in the city of Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang, in northeastern China - Nestlé China also includes 27 factories, four research and development centers, four coffee boutiques, and corporate headquarters in Beijing.
Click here to read the UW-Madison press release about the new training program.
Click here to see more photos from the signing ceremony.