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FARM Program, Southeast Milk Hosts Meetings on Dairy Stewardship

January 5, 2018

The National Dairy FARM Program, in conjunction with Southeast Milk Inc., Merck Animal Health and the University of Florida, hosted four dairy stewardship meetings and training sessions in three southern states from Dec. 11-15. The meetings helped emphasize the importance of implementing the FARM program’s Version 3.0 protocols, which became official at the start of 2017.

Owners and managers within Southeast Milk’s membership attended the trainings (pictured right), held in Louisiana, Georgia and Florida. During each one-day training courses, facilitators addressed potential vulnerabilities on the farm, discussed creating a culture of proper cow care, and shared resources for training on-farm employees.

These sessions are the foundation of a larger initiative developed by Southeast Milk to foster a culture of continuous improvement throughout the Florida dairy farm community, in light of customer and consumer expectations about animal care.