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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Serracin, Mercedes Program Director: Dewell, Renee
Housing Options: Dormitory, Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Portuguese
Online Course Catalog Available: No Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: VDPAM 496 Program Type: Direct
Program Description:
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Beef Cattle in Brazil - VDPAM 496 BR - June 7-21, 2015

Would you like to obtain a broad experience in veterinary medicine and cow calf and feedlot beef cattle production in Brazil? Come learn more about Brazil’s vibrant and exciting beef cattle industry!
On the 2015 ISU Study Abroad trip to Brazil, you can plan on a unique learning experience and introduction to beef cattle veterinary medicine in Brazil.  We will visit industry and university research facilities to learn more about cutting edge research related to beef cattle.  We will visit commercial feedlots and learn about the feedlot production phase in Brazil and compare and contrast it with US feeding. 
Brazil has access to unique feedstuffs and we will visit feed mill and an ethanol, sugar cane and algae meal plant to learn how these feeds are processed and utilized in feeding Brazil’s beef cattle.  We will also visit Brazilian cow calf ranches and grazing operations and learn more about the Brazilian cow calf sector. 
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in beef cattle production and we will learn more about Brazil’s sustainability plan for its beef cattle as well as challenges and opportunities the Brazilians face in this area.  You will have an opportunity to visit a Brazilian vet school, learn more about how Brazilian veterinarians are trained and meet some of your Brazilian vet school contemporaries.   We will also learn about cattle marketing in Brazil and visit an auction and ground fair. Study participants will also visit a packing plant and learn more about Brazil’s pre and post-harvest food safety measures.
The course will also include time at Guaruja Beach and free time for additional cultural activities.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S.

Day 2: Arrive Brazil, Visit Guaruja Beach

Day 3: Sightseeing, cultural activities

Day 4: Travel to Sao Paulo/Pirassununga, Visit Phibro Animal Health facilities, Tour University of Sao Paulo Veterinary facilities, attend lecture on Brazilian beef cattle producation

Day 5: Visit beef research facilities in Apta at City of Colina

Day 6: Visit Minerva Packing Plant and Confinamento Monte Alegre Feed Lot

Day 7: Visit Campeneli Feed Lot and the Algae Meal, Sugar Cane, and Ethanol Plant

Day 8: Fly to Cuiaba and Visit an Auction and Ground Fair

Day 9: Visit Ranches in Pantanal

Day 10: Visit Ranches in Pantanal

Day 11: Free morning, travel to Rondonopolis

Day 12: Visit Grazing Cattle and Cow Calf Operation

Day 13: Return to Sao Paulo, Free time

Day 14: Return to U.S.

Costs: $4800 plus tuition and fees.  
Program costs are estimates and include all airfare (international & domestic), lodging, in-country transportation, group meals, entrance fees, guide and driver services, and all lectures and daily programs. 

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For more information, please contact Katie Davidson at


This program is currently not accepting applications.