Animal Care Training Resources

Resources and aids for dairy farm labor on-farm training and continuing education

Calf Care

Calf Transportation | VIDEO

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
English | Spanish

Calf Scours Susceptibility

Alltech ® On-Farm Support
English & Spanish

Calf-Feeding Equipment Sanitation Protocol

Alltech ® On-Farm Support
English & Spanish

YoungstockSignals®

Warning: this online training will open your eyes to how you run your farm. It’s full of sensible tips on how to improve the rearing of calves and yearlings. This video training explains clearly, in both theoretical presentations as practical with video lessons from the farm.
English & Spanish

American Association of Bovine Practitioners Dehorning Guidelines

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
These guidelines from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners serve to assist the veterinarian with enhancing the welfare of cattle on the clients’ farms by providing information on how best to approach dehorning and castration of calves on beef and dairy farms

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Castration Guidelines

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
This guideline from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners serves to assist veterinarians with enhancing the welfare of their client’s cattle by providing guidance related to castration of calves on beef and dairy operations. Essential to this process is that consultation occur between the herd veterinarian and the client regarding age of castration, castration technique and pain mitigation strategies that are appropriate for each operation. The use of written, herd specific protocols to document these discussions is encouraged. Such protocols should be reviewed on a regular basis.

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Colostrum Management | VIDEO

Alltech® On-Farm Support
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Core Principals of Pre-Weaned Calf Care: Colostrum and Calories

Cornell University Cooperative Extension
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Newborn Calf Care: Using the Esophageal Tube Feeder | VIDEO

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
English | Spanish

Newborn Calf Handling | VIDEO

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
English | Spanish

Newborn Calf Processing | VIDEO

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
English | Spanish

Euthanasia

Guidelines for the Human Euthanasia of Cattle

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
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Proper Euthanasia Practices

Cornell University Cooperative Extension
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Fitness to Transport

Transportation and Fitness-to-Travel Recommendations for Cattle

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
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Determining if an Animal is Fit to Transport

Cornell University Cooperative Extension
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Herd Health

Stages of Parturition

Alltech ® On-Farm Support
English | Spanish

DrytoFresh

Dry to Fresh course is for advisors and farmers that want to make dry cow management a priority. Our training course starts with the drying-off day and ends 4 weeks after calving. We explain dry period management from a variety of angles.

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Spring Dairy Series: Understanding Inflammation & Immunity to Improve Transition Management

Phibro Animal Health
Inflammation is a key component of the immune system and it can be both beneficial and detrimental. Acute inflammation helps activate the full spectrum of immune mechanisms to protect the body from infection and even to trigger developmental adaptations. However, chronic inflammation results in subtle shifts in physiological function throughout the body which can contribute to the development of metabolic diseases. Knowledge on the benefits and risks of various forms of inflammation are essential in understanding how to manage dairy cows in all stages of production.

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Food Armor

Food Armor strives to provide a solid educational foundation for every food animal veterinarian signing a VCPR for a farming operation and is working together with industry leaders to strengthen the meaning of the VCPR. Food Armor’s online educational learning system is designed to provide every veterinarian with the knowledge and skills necessary to build a robust antimicrobial stewardship program, one farm at a time.

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Recognizing Heat Stress in Dairy Cows

University of Florida Extension
English | Spanish

Temperature – Humidity Index Chart

Alltech ® On-Farm Support
English | Spanish

Impacts of Heat Stress Throughout the Lactation Cycle

Phibro Animal Health
Heat stress has dramatic negative impacts on dairy cow productivity throughout the lactation cycle. In this webinar we will review the degree that milk yield is reduced with heat stress in lactation and the physiological reasons for those effects. In addition, we will consider the effects of heat stress during the dry period, in particular the profound negative impacts of heat stress on mammary development, immune function and ultimately on productivity in the next lactation. Finally, we will discuss the effects of maternal heat stress on the developing fetus, where life-long deficits in productivity are observed.
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HoofSignals®

Cows’ hooves are the weakest link in their health and welfare. Cows that become lame – even slightly – will eat, drink and lie down less. They will therefore produce less milk and it will be more difficult to get them in calf. Plus they will need additional attention and work on an ongoing basis. Learn how to focus on prevention, so your time won’t be consumed by the treatment of lame cows anymore.

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Best Practices in the Milk Parlor

Alltech ® On-Farm Support
English | Spanish

Milking Routine | VIDEO

Alltech® On-Farm Support
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How to Transition Away from Tail Docking

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Establishing and Maintaining the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship in Bovine Practice

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

The veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is an integral part of proper drug use on cattle operations. State and federal codifi ed VCPRs regulate the practice of veterinary medicine legislatively. This document describes non-regulatory management practices endorsed by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) as general guidelines for its members to refer to during their course of practice

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Non-Ambulatory Animals

Proper Management of Non-Ambulatory Animals

Cornell University Cooperative Extension
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Stockmanship

Animal Handling Training Guides: Dairy

UMASH has developed training guides to accompany the 5-part video series on Dairy Stockmanship.

These guides are intended for training by farmers, ranchers, farm employees, veterinarians, human resources training staff and those involved with worker health and safety training/education.

The guides can be a tool for training and retraining workers. The materials can be used in small groups or individually. There is a short quiz at the end of each video to check your understanding. After completing the five videos and related quizzes, a certificate of completion is available for printing.

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Stockmanship Training with Curt Pate: It’s All about Pressure

Cornell University Cooperative Extension
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Free Introduction

This introduction experience is free of charge and contains four training videos. You can watch these videos as many times as you like for 10 days. It’s up to you to take it to the next level and upgrade to a paid account at any time you like. No obligation, no catch. Just enjoy it!

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CowSignals®

The CowSignals® concept is based on proven results.
What do I see? Why has this happened? What does it mean?
In this training you learn about the CowSignals® Diamond: feed, water, light, air, rest and space resulting in animal health.

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Stressfree Stockmanship

We teach how to look and think from the cow’s point of view. How does she experience things? What makes her insecure? What are risk areas, where you need to be extra careful? We show you how to handle and move cows without any stress.

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Online CowSignals® Advisor Course

You will get access to your personal learning journey in our online learning environment. It will be an interactive course, sharing ideas, and getting personal feedback. In this course, we combine practical cow-based knowledge with 1-to-1 advisor skills.

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Dairy Stockmanship – K’iche’

FARM / BQA / New Mexico Dairy Consortium
K’iche’

Flight Zone | VIDEO

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
English | Spanish

Handling Cattle in Alleys, Holding Areas and Milk Parlors | VIDEO

FARM / BQA / New Mexico Dairy Consortium
English | Spanish

The Impacts of Stress on Dairy Cattle Health and Performance

Phibro Animal Health
The heritability of milk yield is 0.25 which means that the environment the cow is in accounts for 75% of the difference in milk yield between dairy cows. Stress is a major component of the environmental effects on milk yield and always increases basal maintenance cost of dairy animals which results in decreased energy available for production. High milk production is not a stress but some examples of stress include heat and cold stress, shipping stress, poor nutrition, poor milking management, inadequate facilities and disease. Acute stress activates the adrenal gland to secrete corticoids which help the animal adjust to the stress. However, chronic stress can impair the immune system of the cow leading to increased disease. Management alterations which reduce the stress or inhibit the stress response in animals can improve animal performance and health.
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Using Tools to Move Animals | VIDEO

FARM / BQA / New Mexico Dairy Consortium
English | Spanish

Using Pressure and Release | VIDEO

FARM / BQA / New Mexico Dairy Consortium
English | Spanish

5 Simple Rules for Moving Cattle

Alltech ® On-Farm Support
English | Spanish

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