ISR-DWEP

Israel Dairy Work Experience Program

The Israeli Dairy Industry is a stellar example of the country’s innovation in agriculture.

The country’s remarkable success is the result of strategic breeding and advanced technology carefully developed by dairy farmers and agricultural innovators over the past century.

The Israeli Dairy Industry is also characterized by a passion shared among communities, which is hard to find elsewhere. Today, Israel has over 129,000 cows spread among about 625 Moshav (private family herds) and 162 Kibbutz (cooperative) dairy farms.

These cows have impressively high milk yields. According to the Israel Dairy Board, the average per cow production in 2016 was 26,334 lbs milk, 987 lbs fat and 908 lbs protein. This compares with the average per cow production in the U.S. of 22,393 lbs (for 2015).

Israeli dairy farmers will tell you that what you need for a lot of milk is happy cows, and in order to make Israeli cows happy, the first thing you need to do is keep them comfortable in the heat. Israeli farmers, who must deal with a hot and dry environment, have made it a priority to develop effective and affordable cooling techniques.

The most common cooling methods used on Israeli dairy farms are low-pressure sprinklers or foggers combined with high-speed fans.

This process can be completed relatively quickly and cheaply. A standard cycle consists of 30 seconds of watering followed by 4-5 minutes of fanning and is usually repeated 5-7 times a day during feeding and milking periods.

These cooling sessions are cost-efficient and highly effective in keeping cows much closer to their natural body temperature. Israeli farms using these cooling methods maintain summer milk production and pregnancy rates similar to their winter rates.

One Year full time Program
Stipend Based On Field Work Experience Program