Intended audience: Milking system dealers and milk quality specialists.
Description: This workshop will present an overview of bulk milk analysis, and system cleaning (CIP) fundamentals. A fully-functional portable parlor will be used to provide practical, hands-on experience in evaluating and troubleshooting system cleaning problems. Participants are encouraged to bring their own vacuum testing equipment. A small class size will permit optimum interaction between the participants and the instructors.
Workshop 2: Manejo Practico de La Mastitis Para Mejorar La Calidad De Leche en Su Lechería (Practical Management of Mastitis To Improve Milk Quality In Your Dairy)
Time: 1:00-5:00 Instructors: Dr. Andres Contreras & Marcela Martinez
Intended audience: Native Spanish-speaking dairy farm employees.
Description: (This course will be offered completely in Spanish!) This hands-on course will teach dairy employees basic concepts to establish an effective mastitis control program in any size dairy. Participants will learn about mastitis causes and the best ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent it. The objective of this course is to train Latino employees to be an integral part of udder health and milk quality improvement programs in their dairies. The following topics will be addressed: 1) Definition of mastitis, udder anatomy, somatic cells, impact on farm income and cow health and wellbeing; 2) Mastitis diagnosis: somatic cell count, CMT, on-farm milk bacteriological cultures, 3) Prevention: milking routine and other solutions for animal and facilities’ management, and 4) Treatment: dry cow therapy, treating subclinical, clinical, and toxic mastitis, avoiding drug residues in milk and meat, use of treatment protocols and record keeping.
Workshop 3: Managing Employees Well: Even More Important Than Managing Cows?
Time: 1:00-4:00 Instructors: Mr. Phil Durst & Mr. Stan Moore
Intended audience: Dairy farm owners and managers.
Description: Some dairy farm owners and herd managers seem to be more effective at getting things done, and done well, than others. Much of this has to do with how well they understand, relate to, and communicate with their employees. This workshop will present information gathered from surveys of dairy farm owners, managers and employees to help participants understand how they can build a better employee culture in their businesses. A small class size, and opportunities for interaction will foster an excellent learning environment.