In addition to the wide scope of products that dairy producers need to manage a healthy herd and successful operation, education and training programs are equally important and valuable.
The Dairy Care365 Training Series was developed by Merck Animal Health to train, equip and support dairy producers in their continuous efforts to provide the best care possible for their dairy animals. The ongoing series includes best-management practices for animal handling and movement, animal health diagnosis and treatment, and other topics related to animal care on dairy farms.
The first two modules are “Introduction to Dairy Stockmanship” and “Moving Cows to the Milking Parlor” developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Some of the future modules will focus on euthanasia, lameness and calf health, and will continue to be developed in partnership with dairy industry experts and universities.
The training courses are offered in English and Spanish and take only 20 to 30 minutes to complete. At the end of each course, participants are prompted to take a short quiz to test their knowledge, which provides an opportunity to reiterate the key learnings. To help strengthen the performance of the operation’s team and improve the overall efficiency of the dairy, managers can identify specific areas for improvement and additional training needs, as well as identify opportunities to provide one-to-one mentoring if needed and offer positive reinforcement to the workers.