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Title: Training Manual on Smallholder Milk Production and Processing
Authors: Osafo, E.L.K
Karikari, P.K
Omojola, A.B.
Keywords: Milk Production
Diary Processing
Milk Quality
Feeding and Feeding System
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Department of Animal Science,KNUST
Citation: Osafo, E.L.K., Karikari, P.K. and Omojola, A.B. (Eds). 2018. Training manual on smallholder milk production and processing. KNUST University Press, Kumasi. pp 198
Abstract: The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in February, 2016. The purpose of the MOU was for KNUST, through its Department of Animal Science, to develop and test modules for the training of small-scale dairy producers and processors in Ghana to enhance their skills to manage their dairy businesses more efficiently. Earlier investigations by COTVET had identified skills gaps in the service sector of the Ghanaian economy. The dairy sector was identified as an area where there were skills gaps in both the production and processing of raw milk. One constraint identified was the low patronage of local dairy products due to perceived unhygienic ways in which raw milk was handled and processed into the local dairy products. In addition, there was little visibility of the indigenous milk products, which were marketed only within a small sector of the population. All these factors culminated in a low market share for local dairy products in the domestic dairy industry. Nevertheless, ‘Tuo zaafi’, a cereal-based food, produced also within the same community is well patronized across the wider spectrum of the Ghanaian populace. It is anticipated that providing skills training to small-scale dairy producers could result in improved hygiene, improved taste and shelf life, and consumer confidence in the consumption of these products. The manual has eight modules: - Module 1 gives a historical perspective of the attempts at dairy cattle production and the lessons learnt. The module also discusses the traditional and modernised milk production systems. - The success of any dairy industry largely depends on its feeding systems. Investigations have however revealed shown significant challenges in that aspect resulting in low milk yield. Thus, Module 2 provides insights into forage production and feeding systems to address the inadequacies in the feeding systems of cattle for better milk production. - Managing the milking herd concerning their health and fertility are outlined in Module 3. - Module 4 shows the milking systems that are available: both simple and high end for extraction of milk from cows. The manual spells out the steps necessary in ensuring quality raw milk is available for consumption or for further processing.
Description: Training Manual on Smallholder Milk Production and Processing
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11615
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