Last week we published a blog featuring information from an educationally focused group in Brazil, Rehagro. Our main contacts are Dr Sergio Rubens Soares and Bolivar Nóbrega de Faria. Dr Bolivar has been very kind to supply us with information we can share on our blogsite about ways Rehagro uses the program in teaching. Last fall, Bolivar shared the exciting news that he would be starting another course at a prestigious veterinary school. Below is information provided about the University.


The Veterinary School of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, founded in 1932, has its own premises on the Pampulha Campus since 1984. It currently has two undergraduate courses: Veterinary Medicine and Aquaculture. It also has graduate courses: masters and doctoral courses in Veterinary Science and Animal Science, as well as a residence in Veterinary Medicine.

It has an area of seven hectares and is divided into four departments: Veterinary Clinic and Surgery, Preventative Veterinary Medicine, Technology and Inspection of Products of Animal Origin and Animal Science.

The school also has its own communication office and a publishing house, which publishes various materials, including the Technical Journals of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (Cadernos Técnicos de Veterinária e Zootecnia), and the Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, one of the most important scientific journals in the country.

The Veterinary School has two other sectors: the Veterinary Hospital is located in the school and cares for large and small animals, both clinically and surgically, with competence in high specialization areas, such as dermatology and orthopedics, of pet animals. The Prof. Hélio Barbosa Experimental Farm in the town of Igarapé supports undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as research and extension activities in areas such as milk cattle, egg-laying and slaughter poultry, quail farming, rabbit farming, animal feed farming, horse and pig farming. The Pedro Leopoldo Farm, in the final phase of transfer, will be the third supplemental sector, an agency for integrating various UFMG units, the community and private initiative, also covering teaching, research and extension activities focused on applying sustainable technologies in the rural environment.

The objective is to contribute to build knowledge and practices in the field of Zoo Technology, producing, innovating, preserving and disseminating knowledge. At the masters and doctoral level, the program provides training to teachers and researches committed to ethics, work and scientific development, prepared to apply sciences in the interpretation and solution of problems, with economic, environmental, technological and social results.

This can be done in three Areas of Concentration: Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition and Feeding, and Animal Production, each with different lines of research. The faculty is made up mainly of teachers from the Department of Zoo Technology of the School of Veterinary Science, including full and joint professors, as well as invited professors.

After supplying the information about the Veterinary School at UFMG, Bolivar shared his recent teaching session and information about the class and professors who would teach the course after he began by teaching about transition cows.

I showed AMTS to Veterinary school of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and they liked! The UFMG Veterinary School is in the top 5 in Brasil. For professor Ronaldo Braga Reis students, I will teach a course called “How to made a diet for Transition cows in AMTS”.  Dr. Ronaldo will be the responsible for the classroom training after that.

Ronaldo Braga Reis

Ronaldo Braga Reis

Information Supplied about Ronaldo Braga Reis

Dr Ronaldo Braga Reis received his Undergraduate in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1978), Masters in Animal Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1983), Ph.D.em Dairy Science – University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (1998) and Pos Doc at University of Wisconsin and USDA Dairy Forage Research Center (2010). He has experience in Veterinary Medicine linked to production and dairy cattle nutrition, acting on the following topics: dairy cattle nutrition and milk production in intensive rotational grazing systems. He serves as Dairy Cattle professor in undergraduate studies and focuses metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids in graduate studies.



And information about the Dairy Study Group at UFMG


Sandra Gesteira Coelho

Sandra Gesteira Coelho

The Dairy Study Group (GPLeite) was created in 2002, at the Escola de Veterinária in the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), under Professor Ronaldo Braga Reis’s idealization, with graduated student’s participation. After a while the group started receiving support from the Professors Helton Matanna Saturnino and Sandra Gesteria Coelho, and from their students. As the group grew, so did the interest from ungraduated students on it, in 2004 the GPLeite was officially registered at the Animal Sciences department of the UFMG and at the Extension Center. For 14 uninterrupted years, the group has promoted weekly meetings in which subjects related to bovine milk production are discussed, such as market and new technologies.

The GPLeite is also a research group. Their members work on masters and doctoral degree theses development, directed by Professors Ronaldo, Helton and Sandra. Students also have the opportunity to present their work during the Semana de Iniciação Científica, promoted annually by the UFMG.

The group is always open to new candidates; presently it has the participation of 25 students, from all levels inside the Escola de Veterinária. The group main goal is to integrate the Veterinary Medicine student to the agribusiness and into the work market, building better professionals for the sector. In addition to weekly meetings the group promotes different events such as congresses, speeches, meetings, and field days to accomplish the objective of actualizing and capacitating the students. The GPLeite is also responsible for organizing the Curso de Aprimoramento em Bovinocultura de Leite, during which students have the opportunity to visit different production systems in regions of great importance for Brazil’s milk production and to learn the most modern technologies.



In 14 years of history 316 undergraduate, 56 masters and 28 PhD students have been created. Today, ex-members are working in dairy activities in different parts of the country and the world, always keeping their support to new member’s actualization and formation.

Thank you, Bolivar, for being such a strong proponent of nutritional education and for advocating for powerful tools. The groups in Brazil are eager for knowledge knowing that will help them excel in dairy production



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