The national online training program, www.animalcaretraining.org, for beef and dairy production was developed to educate English and Spanish-speaking beef and dairy producers, animal transporters, livestock auction market employees and bovine veterinarians. This novel program is the result of collaborations between the National Cattlemen"s Beef Association (NCBA), American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) with the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. Web-based audiovisual training modules on topics such as animal husbandry, animal welfare, environmental stewardship and food safety practices for the beef and dairy industries are available.
"Producers and veterinarians continue to provide outstanding care for their beef and dairy cattle," says Dan Thomson, veterinarian and director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. "As new practices evolve or technologies emerge to improve animal welfare or food safety, we need a mechanism to rapidly share the information and training in remote locations. The goal of the program is to utilize modern technology to reach out to rural areas and provide up-to-date continuing education for all people involved with raising beef and dairy cattle to improve animal welfare, food safety and environmental stewardship."
The Animal Care Training program is managed by the Beef Cattle Institute and features streaming multimedia modules in English and Spanish and is designed to provide valuable online training in various areas of animal care for employees internationally.
"As a consulting veterinarian, the training modules are a new tool for my business," says Nels Lindberg, veterinarian with the Animal Medical Center. "With rapid turnover of employees in feedyard operations, this distance education tool is great for those clients that I see routinely and those that I can"t reach as often as I would like. The quizzes built into the modules keep individuals engaged and provide additional training that feedyard managers are looking for."
Employees can work through the training modules in English or Spanish at any time. Training employees is essential for worker safety, employee retention, and production of wholesome products. When a training package is complete, a certificate of completion will be available for printing.
"By registering employees, a manager can track progress as employees work through the training program and those that complete training are recorded in a national database of certified producers," says Clayton Huseman, executive director, Feedlot Division, Kansas Livestock Association.
Source: Beef Cattle Institute