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FARM Program Hosts First Joint Training Webinar as Part of Merck Partnership

October 6, 2016

The FARM Program hosted its first joint animal care webinar with Merck Dairy C.A.R.E 365 on Sept. 29, on the topic of dairy stockmanship. FARM is partnering with Merck Animal Health to offer a series of informational webinars for dairy farmers and FARM evaluators as part of preparations for the FARM Version 3.0 rollout in 2017.

Dr. Ben Bartlett, a retired professor from Michigan State University and specialist in low-stress handling and grazing, discussed topics including how to have a positive effect on cattle from birth and the effects of facility design on moving cattle.

The goal of the webinars series is to help ensure a comprehensive, industry-wide approach to employee training and animal care in the dairy industry. Through the partnership, dairy producers across the country have access to the tools, resources and workshops available through the Merck Animal Health Dairy C.A.R.E.™ Initiative, which is designed to complement the FARM Animal Care Program.

The partnership will include 10 webinars on various animal care topics, including calf care, stockmanship, antimicrobial stewardship and more. Participation in these webinars will help dairy farmers meet the new FARM Version 3.0 training requirements in which require that every employee be trained in basic stockmanship and their assigned areas of responsibility at least on an annual basis. Webinars will also be recorded for viewing at a later date.

To find out more about this webinar and to see the complete webinar schedule, please click here.