Cow Care: Farm Worker Education

Taking care of the cows starts with talking to employees.

Appropriate training and supervision of farm employees ensure that animal care and handling standards are being met. Written and verbal training in the employee’s native language helps farm workers to do the following:

  • Recognize and understand basic animal needs
  • Rapidly diagnose and treat animal illnesses or injuries
  • Handle, move and transport animals in a manner that minimizes animal distress and is safe for the animal and the caretaker
  • Perform humane euthanasia procedures competently
  • Understand and implement bio-security measures

 

Great cow care isn’t just the right thing to do for the animals; it’s also good business practice for dairy farmers. It comes down to self-interest: happier cows make more and better milk; and more and better milk means bigger rewards for the dairy farmer.

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