Livestock auction market personnel can fine-tune their handling skills through a new partnership between Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.
LMA and BCI have collaborated to produce the Animal Care Training Web site offering training video, testing and certification in specific areas of livestock handling.
Kristen Parman, LMA's vice president for membership services, says the program addresses "the unique animal handling challenges faced by livestock marketing business owners and their employees. With some 35 million cattle and calves, and 11 million sheep and swine going through America's livestock auction markets annually we feel that the markets are doing a tremendous job but continuous training is vital for the safety of the livestock we care for and our employees."
The training package includes topics such as low stress animal handling, handling injured or disabled animals; properly moving non-ambulatory animals; safe and responsible euthanasia, and safely working with gates. There is also a section for business owners and managers addressing the need for a coordinated animal handling or risk management program.
For a one-time fee, market owners and managers can register all their employees and gain access to all of the training modules. The full site including all training modules are available in English and Spanish. With no time limits, the training can be completed and made to fit around the hectic work environment at livestock auction markets.
Source: Livestock Marketing Association