What started as goal for a small group of people in the
One of the goals of the group was to provide training from very high-quality instructors. This was made easier because of the participation of Noa Román-Muñiz, veterinarian with
The cost to the producer for each employee attending the class is $50. The cost to producers has been kept moderate, thanks to very generous sponsorship from the companies that supply the
The first topic covered in June, 2005 was Feeds and Feeding Practices. Dr. Roman-Muniz taught the anatomy and physiology related to feeding with a presentation titled “Happy Rumen, Happy Cow”. Cargill Animal Nutrition provided Nutrition Consultant Ramon Pacheco from
The second seminar, “Supervision, Training, and Safety”, was offered on two consecutive days in September, 2005. This allowed producers to not have all their supervisors off the farm at the same time, and also resulted in smaller class size for the intense discussions that took place. More than 40 supervisors participated in presentations led by Román-Muñiz, Al Haro, with Pinnacol Assurance, and Jorge Estrada, with Leadership-Coaching International.
In November, training on “Fresh Cow Health and Reproduction” was taught in two different cities on two consecutive days. Earl Ingram, Caribbean/South America Marketing Manager from Select Sires facilitated a session on reproductive physiology and artificial insemination technique. Roman-Muniz trained employees on how to do a thorough physical examination on fresh cows and briefly talked about the most common diseases associated with dairy cows in the post-partum period.
There are ambitious plans for 2006. Classes will be provided on lameness, parlor management, calf raising, calving and maternity. After these new courses are offered, all courses will be repeated in a cyclical manner, hence providing training needed by new employees and existing employees as they move up to other areas of dairy production.
To learn more about the Colorado Dairy Management Program in Spanish, contact Roman-Muniz by e-mail at: Noa.Roman-Muniz@colostate.edu