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How can you prevent your farm from becoming the subject of an undercover video?

“Here are a few ideas that seemed to work for us over the years,” says Doug Leman, executive director of Indiana Dairy Producers and a former dairy farmer.

Train your employees. Help them to fully understand the importance of caring for your animals and how you want them to be handled and moved.

Do not allow pipes, whips, broom handles or other “weapons” in the barn or parlor. This takes away the first line of offense when someone becomes frustrated and loses his cool.

Use only a calm voice, no screaming. “I personally do not care for whistling, but a few seemed to get along fine with an easy whistle,” Leman says.

Install a camera with the ability to record. Strategically placed cameras help to keep everyone honest. With today’s technology, you can view it from anywhere, even your phone.

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