Applying Dairy Stockmanship – Safe and Efficient Cow Handling – Copyright 2014-2015

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  NEW TODAY: September 30, 2015! USDA, University of  Minnesota, & University of Wisconsin  Research Supports Dairy Stockmanship© Education  and Training.

1) Improved worker attitudes.

2) 90% of staff found it helpful.

                 3) 85% Implemented it.

USDA UMN STUDY used Dr. Don Höglund’s Dairy Stockmanship© Commercial Education System. 

“The reality is that since April of 2012, Dr. Don Höglund led the UMN Dairy Stockmanship efforts.”  

                                                                                                                                                                                           ~Dr. Paul Rapnicki – 2013 

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  SEE: PDPW Animal Handling PC (1) Workshops in Spanish, AUGUST 2015

  SEE: Grober Article 2015.

  SEE: Washington State University AgWeb Article on Dairy    Stockmanship:

  SEE: On Pasture and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Article.

  SEE: FARMFOODCARE.ORG Ontario, Canada  – © DAIRY STOCKMANSHIP  18 – WORKSHOPS COURSE SURVEY RESULTS (94% of 12 Producer  Workshops & 167 staff gave Dairy Stockmanship the highest rating)


Saputo Dairy Products: Recommends Dairy Stockmanship – Low Energy Dairy Animal Handling For All Dairies

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“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 3AgWeb May 2015

International Dairy Foods Cites Dairy Stockmanship’s Dramatic Success IDFA

[“…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.

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Dairy Stockmanship and 2015 Innovation Awards!

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.

See: New 2015 Articles on Dairy Stockmanship Education and Training: 

DairyLand Washington State University Article, March 2015,

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

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: 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.



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”

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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!

Welcome to Dairy Stockmanship©
IMG_2293 Although dairy operations can vary widely in size of operation, as well as in housing and parlor design, the fundamental interactions between cattle and people are quite similar. These fundamental interactions are independent of the size of the dairy as well as the type of housing system. Anyone that works with cattle should receive dairy stockmanship training. Dairy Stockmanship© education and training has recently been conducted nationally and internationally. Dairy Stockmanship education was presented at the AVMA Convention, at the NAVC, and at Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and for the valuable Rennaissance Nutrition Company at Bucknell University. With more than fifty (50) presentations in Ontario, Canada including presenting at the Dairy Farmers of Ontario annual meeting. Dairy Stockmanship educators have been honored to present and train for the professional Nieuwland Feed Company, for CanWest DHI and friends – profitable dairy management, for DeLaval and Lely automated dairy systems companies, for Harmony Organic producers – an environmentally conscious company, and at the informative, Grey Bruce Agriculture gathering. In Finland in 2013 Dairy Stockmanship educators presented for Mr. Jouni Pitkäranta and “Homes for Cows” and completed andother standard and automated milking systems education opportunity in August 2014.

Dairy Stockmanship© education is producer centric and science-based. Harvesting material requires written permission.

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 ART BY Dr. Heather Beveridge DVM 2013

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“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.


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