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Mission: Improving the Quality of Life for 1 Billion Dairy Animals!
“Training the US dairy workforce to meet societal expectations of humane on-farm practices” Article 1, AgWeb March 2015 ~Dr. Katharine F. Knowlton, The Colonel Horace E. Alphin Professor of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech Article 2, AgWeb April 2015, Article 3, AgWeb May 2015.
[“…Employee training program on animal care and Stockmanship produced dramatic improvements on the five dairies. As employees learned to understand cow behavior and how to handle animals properly, they began to take more pride in their jobs and proactively identified areas of improvement. Also, employee injuries related to working with the cows dropped by 50 percent [after proprietary Dairy Stockmanship Low Energy Animal Handling Education and Training]. Noting these positive changes, the Ahlems shared the results with Hilmar Cheese Company, their milk processor.” Impressed with the results, Hilmar Cheese thanked Dairy Stockmanship, a Global Animal Well-being Company, for promoting the animal care and employee engagement concepts that Hilmar Jerseys was using. The turnout rate for producers was phenomenal. See: AG Web Article about Dairy Stockmanship proprietary education and training.
Don Höglund MS, DVM
SIMPLY SAFE, EFFICIENT AND SCIENCE-BASED EDUCATION AND ON-FARM TRAINING BY ANIMAL AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS AND EDUCATORS
News from the NorthWest:
“Don – I thought we engaged in some healthy, thoughtful and academic discussion. I was grateful for the opportunity to share ideas and I think you are doing good things for the cattle industry. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. The abstract you sent certainly got me thinking and I think you bring up many important points and strong arguments. Tonight, a group of folks studying for the ACAW boards met for a journal club phone meeting to discuss a review paper about assessing animal pain by Sneddon et al. I thought that some of your points were both thought provoking and relevant to the discussion. I let the group know that you and Bonnie Beaver have coauthored a new book that would be published soon and is likely something we would all want to read to better prepare for the exam and gain a broader understanding of welfare and behavior. You both have certainly earned much respect among your colleagues, veterinarians and producers alike with your work.” ~Amber J. Itle VMD, MS, Field Veterinarian, Region 1. Washington State Department of Agriculture
“High attendance and glowing instructor ratings for the recent Safe and Efficient Dairy Cattle Handling and Training Workshops held across British Columbia were largely a result of Dr. Don Hӧglund’s highly informative, hands-on presentation style. His delivery of science-based information in an easy-to-understand language and tailored to any age group (from 4-H students to dairy farmers and employees), combined with on-farm demonstrations of practical, low-energy techniques to achieve optimum animal behaviour were very well accepted by Workshop attendees. I would highly recommend Dr. Hӧglund as a keynote speaker or as a lead instructor for on-farm demonstrations with respect to animal handling and training.” ~Tom Droppo, M.Sc., P.Ag., Dairy Industry Specialist, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC, Canada
“Dairy Stockmanship is truly a one-of-a-kind training program. It caught my attention when I learned about the exceptionally positive and engaging environment Dr. Höglund has instilled on dairy farms across the nation. We invited Dr. Höglund to campus for a one-day visit with faculty and students in October 2014. Our students thoroughly enjoyed his talk and have asked for the opportunity to participate in his training program. Currently, I am seeking opportunities to offer this hands-on training program for Pacific Northwest dairy producers and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Höglund.” ~Dr. Amber Adams-Progar, Washington State University: Washington State University Producer Meeting Review 2015: WSU1 WSU2.
What’s next for Dairy Stockmanship in 2015?
1) College of Veterinary Medicine : University of Pennsylvania Extension Three-day Producer Workshops
2) Virginia Tech Dairy Science Education Five-day Student Workshops
3) Four Continuous Weeks of Award Winning Dairy Stockmanship Producer Education and Workshops with Farm Food Care of Ontario
4) Another Glorious Summer Education and Training Branding and Marketing Workshop Series in Wonderful Finland with Jouni Pitkäranta, Milk entrepreneurs, and Juustoportti
See: New 2015 Articles on Dairy Stockmanship Education and Training:
Virginia Tech Article 1, March 2015, Article 2, April 2015
Turlock Journal Article April 2015
See: Ben and Jerry’s Caring Dairy UVM 5-workshops Official 2015 COURSE REVIEW
BC Ministry of Agriculture 7 Workshops - 2015
British Columbia Dairy Stockmanship Education and Training a Complete Success!
See: University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine 2014/2015 Safety Study Ongoing Using Dairy Stockmanship© Education and Training Systems Developed Exclusively by Don Höglund DVM
See: Click to obtain a corrected and properly authorized version of the 2015 Dairy Stockmanship Modules 1 & 2.
See: British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture Workshop Schedule for Feb. 27, Feb. 28, March 3, March 2, 4, 5, 6, and March 7, 2015.
See: Mr. Grant Ahlem, Owner/Operator of James Ahlem Dairy – 2014: “You’ve got to do it. I have seen the modules but have gotten a hundred times more with seeing the presentation in person and working in the pens with Dr. Don Höglund. It is completely different watching the techniques and doing it. Real situations arise in the pens that don’t happen on the modules. As an owner, we are constantly asked what and how we are training the cows and this course is an answer. It is important that the training follows through from owners to managers to handlers. And, this training can be done without disruption to the work schedule.” “Certificate Photo”
DAIRY STOCKMANSHIP© is offered by professional veterinarians, animals scientists, producers, animal trainers and university educators. Efficient handling of cattle is centered around understanding how cattle learn and applying that knowledge in the pasture, in the barn, in the parlor, and on/off transport. Dairy Stockmanship is comprised of seminar education for producers, animal scientists, dairy scientists, farm staff and veterinarians. Dairy Stockmanship© is essential hands-on training, downloadable education modules for new staff, updating staff, and for any person handling cattle anywhere.
SOME REASONS WHY LEADING HILMAR CHEESE DAIRIES SELECTED DAIRY STOCKMANSHIP©
ON-SITE HANDLING TRAINING:
Mr. James Ahlem, Owner James Ahlem Dairy, Principle Hilmar Cheese, Vice-chair Dairy Management Incorporated, Turlock, California – 2014: “This program is a very valuable thing we can offer our producers; it’s good PR for us and our employees. It is good for the whole industry and consumers, and a very positive program. It takes the argument away from activists. I have served on the National Dairy Board and DMI and animal well-being is a very important issue that is constantly being addressed, and this program is a great example of positive things that can be done to enhance our dairy farmer image.” “Certificate Photo”
Mr. Frank Dinis, Manager, Charles Ahlem Dairies – 2014: “I have seen a great response by the handlers. There are so many variables on a dairy that are out of our control that we need to focus on the variables we can control, like handler education. I have 70-80 employees, and if even 50% are better educated and therefore better handlers than last year, that is great. It is harder to train people than animals. Outside people have commented that our cows are calmer and our herds quieter than they have seen on other dairies. On dairies where personnel were trained by Dr. Höglund a (year and a half ago), we have seen a 50% reduction in worker injuries as well as maintaining an increase in milk production every year.” “Certificate Photo”
Mr. Danny Avila, Manager, 19 years at Clauss Dairies, Hilmar California – 2014: “I am really happy that we have this opportunity. I also like how the training was set up that only two handlers had to be absent from their own dairy while attending the course and that handlers from different dairies are learning together. The hands-on portion is the most important part of the program because that is when the handlers actually and physically buy-in to the concepts and techniques. For example, realizing that bottle feeding contributes to why cows always face the handlers was eye-opening to the fact that we create our own problems and training hurdles when we ask the cows to move away from us.” “Certificate Photo”
Mr. Joe Monteiro, Manager 33 years at Jim and Grant Ahlem Diaries – 2014: “I think the on-site training is the most important part of the program. It would be nice to have refresher trainings. The next modules must bring in new information to keep the attention of the staff.”
Mr. Grant Ahlem, Owner/Operator of James Ahlem Dairy – 2014: “You’ve got to do it. I have seen the modules but have gotten a hundred times more with seeing the presentation in person and working in the pens. It is completely different watching the techniques and doing it. Real situations arise in the pens that don’t happen on the modules. As an owner, we are constantly asked what and how we are training the cows and this course is an answer. It is important that the training follows through from owners to managers to handlers. And, this training can be done without disruption to the work schedule.” “Certificate Photo”
Mr. Jesus Rojas, Manager 15 years at Tim Wickstrom Dairy, Hilmar California – 2014: “Concepts in the presentation were new in a good way. In the pens, the cows were actually doing what we had discussed before entering the pens. I feel very positive about the course. If we train the calves now when they are young, in two years we can train the adult cows with less effort and safely. It is about us (herdsman); we need to be trained.” “Certificate Photo”
Mr. Laurenio Vitorino, 21 years at Vance Ahlem Dairies, Hilmar Dairies – 2014: “Now that I have seen this program I say absolutely, yes. We think a lot of things we are doing we think we are doing right and there is a lot of room for improvement. My job will be easier after everyone is trained. The animals will be calmer and there will be less employee injuries. You get more out of your employees with proper training. This program is perfect for addressing animal well-being. You remove the yelling at cows, and that makes them calmer. I was listening to my employees after I took the course and found things I wanted to change in my dairy. I have already talked to my milkers about reducing the noise. If you come to the course with an open mind, that’s when it works. It’s good that it is not just the herdsmen (managers) but also the handlers that are taking the course so that the handlers know they are appreciated by the owners.” “Certificate Photo”
To discuss current introduction to dairy stockmanship and future dairy, key-station humane handling modules please contact Dr. Don Höglund.
Be sure to ask for information about how to schedule your classroom and on-farm, hands-on training. Hilmar Dairies did!
Dairy Stockmanship© education is producer centric and science-based. Harvesting material requires written permission.
ART BY Dr. Heather Beveridge DVM 2013
New Book Coming!
LOOK: New January, February, March 2015!
See: Ben and Jerry’s Caring Dairy and University of Vermont official 2015 COURSE REVIEW
See: Ben and Jerry’s Caring Dairy and University of Vermont Seminars Jan. 17-23, 2015 See: British Columbia Dairy Expo! January 29, See: Virginia Tech “Cow College” Feb. 18, 2015 See: Return to British Columbia Feb. 27-March 3, 2015 March 7 to March 8, 2015 See: Hilmar Cheese 1/7/2015 On-line AgWeb Article See: Hilmar Cheese 2015 Farm Journal Article See: Hilmar Cheese 2014 Article 1 See: Hilmar Cheese 2014 Article 2
“The reality is that since April of 2012, Dr. Don Höglund led the UMN stockmanship efforts. He has presented internationally on the subject (including AVMA and the Canadian Welfare Conference) and has remained active in teaching and delivering stockmanship training to dairy farms interested in the concept. I concluded that the opportunity presented by joining Elanco was so unique and exciting that I could accept retiring from the stockmanship initiative. This is not a decision that was made hastily, and is one that once made I have remained firmly committed to.” ~Dr. Paul Rapnicki, Elanco Animal Health, 2013 Joint-Author of Dairy Stockmanshp Education Modules 1 and 2 only.