Styler named AJCA/NAJ area representative
Shawn Styer, Elmwood, Wis., has been named an area representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., covering Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
For the past year, he has worked on a part-time basis as an evaluator for the AJCA Linear Type Traits Appraisal program. He will continue in that role as part of his new assignment.
Styer earned a B.S. in dairy science-management option from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he was a member of the National Dairy Challenge team in 2012. While pursuing his studies, he worked three years as an assistant herdsman for Jon-De Farm, a 1,500-cow Holstein dairy. He also completed a four-month management trainee experience at Ahlem Farm Partnership, Hilmar, Calif.
Wisconsin DBA 2014 Access Symposium will highlight ‘down cow’ crisis management strategies
The Dairy Business Association (DBA) will hold their Access Symposium, Feb. 18-19, at Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wis.
The Feb. 18 program will feature the heads of multiple state agencies, providing updates o regulations facing producers. Producers will then have the opportunity to interact with staff members from each agency.
On Feb. 19, the event will focus on down cow crisis management strategies. Several experts will discuss best management practices on how to humanely take care of down and sick cattle on dairy operations. In addition, the day will feature a crisis workshop, where producers will learn firsthand how to handle potential crisis situations at their dairy operations.
Dr. Mike Costin, DVM from ANIMART, will discuss his own experiences in developing a balanced approach to handling down cows which is both practical for the producer and acceptable to animal handling experts. He will discuss keys to establishing a down cow team, and outline six procedures in handling the animal and humane euthanasia: 1) Proper Use of Hip Hoist; 2) Moving a Down Cow Using a Sled; 3) Moving a Down Cow by Means of Mechanical Conveyance; 4) Moving a Down Cow out of the Parlor; 5) Moving a Down Cow out of the Return Alley; and 6) Moving a Down Cow Out of a Stall (Cow Facing Forward).
Several other experts will also present and discuss crisis management strategies during the symposium. Attorney David Crass, of Michael Best & Friedrich, will talk about legal risks dairy producer owners face when employees act illegally; and Dr. Eyal Misha, of ENGS Corporation, will discuss how technology can play a role in quick alerts for fast action to save cows.