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Dairy herd management seminar and tour in Israel for American dairy farmers Autumn 2021

Welcome to Israel and to Dairy School! The Israeli dairy industry is the most productive in the world, and at Dairy School, you will see how this is accomplished. Through seminars with our expert consultants, farm visits, and hands-on experiences, you will learn about how the Israeli dairy industry uses modern computerized technology to reach production rates of 3,800 gallons of milk/per cow/per year. While you are staying in Israel, you will also have the opportunity to go sightseeing and experience the rich Israeli culture and ancient holy sites. You will fly home with a certificate of completion and the experience of a lifetime, so join us! We are pleased to welcome you to Dairy School, the Israeli Experience.

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Seminar program

The Israeli Dairy School Dairy Farming Seminar is an interactive training program carefully designed to educate participants on recent developments in dairy farming and management. The dairy farm seminar covers cutting-edge technological innovations and their practical applications in high-producing dairy herds, as well as techniques and outlines for production initiatives, processing, and marketing of dairy products. The seminar is held in cooperation with Michigan State University Extension Read more

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1 Day one

Sunday - Introduction to the dairy industry and Kibbutz farming in Israel

Morning

Arrive to Tel-Aviv
Meet the driver; look for "Israeli Dairy School" sign.
Transfer to the hotel in Kibbutz Degania B, near the Sea of Galilee
Check- in to the hotel

12:30-13:30

Lunch in Degania

13:30-15:00

Agricultural tour- introducing the various types of farming in the kibbutz

15:00-16:30

Short presentation given by each participant about his activity

16:30-18:30

Opening lecture: Agriculture and dairy farming in Israel. An overview of dairy
history and recent developments in the Israeli dairy industry

19:00

Welcome Dinner

2 Day two

Monday - Dairy feeding and nutrition+ famous churches around the Lake of Galilee

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

8:00-11:00

Sightseeing tour to the Lake of Galilee and the very famous churches
around the lake (Capernaum National Park)

11:30-13:00

Visit regional feed center, serving about 50 dairy farms (about 5000 cows/day)

13:30-14:30

Lunch

14:30-15:30

Lecture: Dairy feeding management in Israel

15:30-15:45

Coffee break

15:45-17:00

Forage Management: Maximizing forage quality, Excellence in preservation, by Kaatz

17:00-18:00

Feed Management: LEAN Management Concepts, Forage Shrink, by Kaatz & Moore

19:00

Dinner

20:00-21:00

Facilitated discussion – Optional: Employee management – the next frontier for dairy success – by Moore & Durst

3 Day three

Tuesday - Visit family robotic dairy farm and kibbutz organic farm

7:30-8:00

Breakfast

8:00-9:30

Visit dairy herd management company-Afimilk

10:00-11:30

Visit a robotic dairy farm using milking robot and traditional milking .

12:00-13:30

Visit the famous city of Nazareth, the Annunciation Church
and market.

13:30-14:30

Lunch in Nazareth.

15:00-17:30

Visit the first organic dairy farm in Israel (kibbutz 300 cows), meeting
with the farm manager.

19:00

Dinner

20:00-21:00

US dairy industry – What will it take for producers to survive?
Durst & Moore.

4 Day four

Wednesday- Veterinary and Veterinary services at farm in Israel

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

9:30-11:00

Veterinary services in Israel

11:00-12:15

Reproduction and groups management

12:15-13:30

Heat stress Management- the Israeli way

13:30-14:15

Lunch

15:45-17:00

Health management of Dairy cows - Durst

17:00-17:15

Coffee break

17:15-19:00

Calf Management - Moore

19:00

Dinner

19:30-21:30

Bathing in Hamat-Gader hot springs

5 Day five

Thursday- Dairy herd management on farm and visit to the Dead Sea

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

8:00

Hotel check out

8:30-10:00

Dairy herd management on farm – Kibbutz Mesilot with the farm manager

10:00-11:00

Drive to the Dead Sea

11:00-13:30

Visit the lowest dairy in the world in kibbutz Kalia

13:30-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:30

Swimming in the Dead Sea

16:30

Driving to Jerusalem

18:30

Tower of David light show

Evening

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

6 Day six

Friday - Sightseeing tour in Jerusalem

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

9:00

Full day tour in the old city of Jerusalem: markets, Mount of Olives,
Churches, the Western Wall

Evening

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

7 Day seven

Saturday- Tel Aviv and the old city of Jaffa

7:00-9:00

Breakfast

Morning

Tour Tel-Aviv and old city of Jaffa

Afternoon

Transfer to Ben-Gurion airport for departure

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