During 2018 China Dairy Exhibition in Chengdu City, program coordinator Mr. Yining Zhang visited former TOP-Dairy interns/trainees. They talked about their work and life back in China after accomplishing the internship in the U.S..
Mr. Zhang also visited Yili Group at Inna Mongolia. Yili Group is a state-owned company of dairy industry in China, also a famous Chinese dairy products brand. Yili is an old friend of The Ohio Program. The company support their young talented farm managers, vets, and nutritionists to develop themselves by sending them to The Ohio Program for a 12-month training program.
During the expo, Mr. Zhang met people from Jinyu Group Co Ltd. Jinyu sponsered the “China-US Dairy Management Symposium & OSU Dairy Training Program Alumni Reception” in 2016.
History of Chinese Dairy Market
China developed the food habits of consuming lots of dairy products just a few decades ago. Due to the widespread calcium deficiency in children in China, schools started to hand out free milk drinks starting in 1990. Then milk, yogurt and cheese became the very important part of dietary structure of Chinese young generations, and it’s still developing at breakneck speed.
The dairy product market shows enormous growth rates during the last 20 years. From small-scale family owned business, people buy raw milk and boil them for drink, to intensive farming, cold chain transportation, and traceability of batches. With the government monitoring and supporting these dairy companies, China can producing safe, high quality dairy products to satisfy market demand. While since there is a thousands of years gap between European and China on consuming dairy products, the Chinese “farmers” need to work and learn even harder.
TOP-Dairy Internship in China
The Ohio Program recruited the first Chinese dairy intern in 1997. In these decades, over 100 Chinese interns/trainees finished their training program in USA (photo 3). Some of them are now technical directors of large-scale dairy farms (such as Yili Group, AUSTASIA), nutrition companies, and herd-health management companies. Some run their own successful business. Even some have took the responsibilities to train new generation of "cow farmers". While no doubt the common trait of their success is that they all have developed global perspective on industry and market.
China TOP-Dairy Group
In November 2016, The Ohio Program organized a big event, “2016 China-US Dairy Management Symposium & OSU Dairy Training Program Alumni Reception”, to provide the opportunity for TOP-Dairy interns/trainees to reunion. We also invited several American host farm managers to visit China, and give great presentations during the conference. The excitement can’t be described by words, everyone was so excited to meet old friends, and learn practical experiences about dairy production.
Editor: Rui Li, Program Assistant