Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu is the ASU Erasmus+ program partner. The Institute of Economics and Social Sciences of the Estonian University of Life Sciences has organized BOVA Intensive Master Course “Agri-food Supply Chains in the Baltic Sea Region” in 27-31 March, 2017. Due to this prof. Audrius Gargasas was invited by the colleagues of this University to visit it and to give the lectures to BOVA students. Audrius Gargasas prepared slides (in Power Point) and delivered lectures “Raw milk supply logistics” and “Cooperatives and producer organisations” in English language, which has been used to realize the 8-hour cycle of lectures. He is also participated in evaluation of pre-course assignments, presented by students.
Course leaded by Ants-Hannes Viira, Director of the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences of the Estonian University of Life Sciences was well organized and included field trips.
The first visited object was Andre farm, were farmer and its family members produce fermented cheese from their own raw milk. The farm keeps 170 cows, has 4 milking robots and produce about 12 tone cheese per month.
The other visited object was farmers’ cooperative “Kevili” new build elevator. This is second elevator of this cooperative, with capacity of 50 thousand tones. The elevator is very modern, to take production samples and to analyze them takes only few minutes. Most of the processes are automatized and works there only 6 persons. Material about cooperative activity, presented by elevator manager, was perfect supplement to lecture topic “Cooperatives and producer organisations”.
Prof. Audrius Gargasas was also participated in working meetings with other program teachers from the Natural Resources Institute (Finland), Latvia University of Agriculture, the Estonian University of Life Sciences.
This visit was very useful for teacher’s professional development and the expansion of social contacts.