Dairy Production Course


Most milk in the world, about 85%, is produced from cattle. However, water buffaloes, goats, sheep, and camel are also dairy animals. Among dairy-producing countries there are varied methods to generate milk with highly variable productivity and efficiency. How has this efficiency been achieved? What methods are necessary to ensure production of high quality milk? How do we balance milk production efficiency with animal health and environmental protection and why is producing milk efficiently and sustainably so important?


10 Days

Target audience

This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other development programmes


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Face to Face Schedules By Location
Nairobi Schedules:
Code Date Duration Location Fees
DPC018 9 Oct 2023 - 20 Oct 2023 10 days Nairobi, Kenya KES 150,000 | USD 2,200 Register
DPC018 13 Nov 2023 - 24 Nov 2023 10 days Nairobi, Kenya KES 150,000 | USD 2,200 Register
DPC018 4 Dec 2023 - 15 Dec 2023 10 days Nairobi, Kenya KES 150,000 | USD 2,200 Register
Kigali Schedules:
Mombasa Schedules:
Nakuru Schedules:
Kisumu Schedules:
Naivasha Schedules:
Virtual Trainer Led Schedules
Contact Us on (+254) 715 077 817 / (+254) 792 516 000 or email us [email protected] for a virtual schedule.

Contact Us on (+254) 715 077 817 / (+254) 792 516 000 or email us [email protected] for E-Learning course.

Course Objectives

At the end of this IRES training course, you will learn how to:

  • Have an understanding of all aspects of dairy management such as genetics, nutrition, reproduction, animal health, farm economics,
  • Apply routine management practices – housing, deworming, hoof trimming, clean milk handling and bio-safety in their dairy farms.

Course Outline

Module 1

  • Orientation and Dairy Genetics
  • Nutrition Basics, Requirements, and Feeding of Lactating Cows

Module 2

  • Calf and Heifer Nutrition and Feeding of Dry Cows
  • Forage Production and Pasture Management

Module 3

  • Feeds, Hay and Silage Making, and Feed Processing
  • Dairy Reproduction

Module 4

  • Animal Health and Milk Quality
  • Soil and forage management
  • Dairy young stock management

Module 5

  • Dairy nutrition and feeding management
  • Disease preventation and control

Module 6

  • Reproductive management
  • Genetic improvement
  • Environmental management

Module 7

  • Milk quality and safety
  • Value addition on milk and its product

Module 8

  • Health and nutrition of farm animals

Module 9

  • Equine production and management and Equine Behaviour
  • Management and production of beef

Module 10

  • Farm and equipment safety
  • Ruminant animal health

Module 11

  • Marketing dairy of products
  • Farm Management for daily production

Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected].  

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training center or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail [email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank before the course start date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]

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