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Animal Care

About the Program

Animal Care Third-Party Verification Frequently Asked Questions

Answer your commonly asked questions in regard to FARM Animal Care third-party verification, such as what is the purpose, who conducts it and how your farm may be selected for it.

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Animal Care

Animal Handling

Handling Cattle In Alleys, Holding Areas And Milk Parlors Video

Manejando el Ganado en Corredores, Áreas de Espera y Salas de Ordeño

Gentle, low stress handling will result in maximum productivity and minimum injuries when maneuvering cattle. Handlers should ensure a quiet, tranquil, stress-free environment where cattle are not overcrowded. Watch this video to learn low stress ways to move cattle while in alleys, holding areas and milking parlors.

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Animal Care

Calf Care

Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA) Reference Manual Version 1

The Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA) program was developed to elevate U.S. calf raiser standards by uniting around key management practices. This reference manual outlines best management practices for farmers and ranchers of any size raising calves for dairy or beef production, such as calf health, management and care, animal handling and stockmanship and employee training and emergency preparedness.

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Calf Handling

Proper Calf Handling Poster

Poster del Manejo Apropiado de Becerros

Display this poster to get quick tips for proper calf handling techniques.

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Animal Care

Cow Care Agreements

Cow Care Agreement - Immediate Family

Acuerdo de Cuidado Vacuno por Familiares Inmediatos

Dairy farm workers complete this fillable form to meet the “immediate family employees with animal care responsibilities must sign a cow care agreement annually” standard within FARM Animal Care Version 4 to confirm their commitment to the highest standards of animal care.

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Individual Cow Care Agreement

Acuerdo de Cuidado Vacuno por Individuo

Dairy farm workers complete this fillable form to meet the “immediate family employees with animal care responsibilities must sign a cow care agreement annually” standard within FARM Animal Care Version 4 to confirm their commitment to the highest standards of animal care.

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Animal Care

Dairy Stockmanship

Dairy Stockmanship - K'iche'

View this video in K'iche' to learn more about dairy stockmanship.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - How Do Cows Perceive Their World

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Cómo las Vacas Perciben el Mundo

While cattle use all senses to perceive the world, their sensory perception is much different than humans. Considering the way dairy cattle see, smell, hear and taste can help farmers successfully and effectively move cattle after watching this video.

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Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Natural Behavior in Cattle

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Comportamiento Natural del Ganado

Cattle naturally demonstrate herding or packing behavior. Cattle herds have an established pecking order and like to follow in a line with a dominant leader. Learn more about cattle behaviors crucial for sound dairy stockmanship.

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Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Quiz Key

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Respuestas del Cuestionario

Check your results on the 16-question dairy stockmanship quiz. Find the quiz without answers and watch stockmanship videos in this resource library to learn more about dairy cattle behavior and handling.

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Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Quiz Questions

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Preguntas del Cuestionario

Take this 16-question quiz to test your knowledge on dairy stockmanship. Find the answers and watch stockmanship videos in this resource library to learn more about dairy cattle behavior and handling.

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Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Understanding the Flight Zone

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Explicación de la Zona de Fuga

The flight zone is the animal’s safety zone, and its size varies depending on the animal’s degree of tameness. Watch this video to understand the flight zone and how handlers can successfully position their bodies to safely and productively move cattle.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Understanding the Point of Balance in Dairy Cattle

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Explicación del Punto de Balance del Ganado Lechero

Watch this video to learn about how the handler’s location in relation to the dairy cow's point of balance determines whether the animal moves forward or backwards.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Using Pressure and Release When Moving Dairy Cattle

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Uso de Presión y Liberación al Trasladar Ganado Lácteo

Moving closer to the cow’s flight zone can cause cattle to speed up. Moving farther will encourage cattle to relax and slow down. Watch this video to understand how using pressure points can help when moving cattle in stressful situations.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Dairy Stockmanship Video Series - Using the Senses in Handling Cattle

Serie en Video de Crianza del Ganado Lechero: Uso de los Sentidos en el Manejo del Ganado

It is important to always move softly and calmly around cattle. Watch this video to learn where to position your body around the cattle to keep both animal and handler safe.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Using Tools To Move Animals

Usando Herramientas para Mover Animales

Watch this video to learn how to use tools appropriately when moving cattle.

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Animal Care

Dairy Stockmanship Training

Understanding Dairy Stockmanship

Entendiende el manejo del Ganado lechero

Watch this 30-minute video to learn safe, effective skills for animal handling.

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Animal Care

Euthanasia

Euthanasia Decision Tree Poster - Dairy Calf

Árboles de Decisión de Eutanasia de Terneros

Display this decision tree to identify key indicators that help determine if calves are showing signs to treat and reevaluate or if euthanasia should be considered immediately.

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Euthanasia Decision Tree Poster - Dairy Cattle

Árbol de Decisión de Euthanasia en Ganado Lechero

Display this decision tree to identify key indicators that help determine if cows are showing signs to treat and reevaluate or if euthanasia should be considered immediately.

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Evaluation Preparation

Animal Care Evaluation Preparation Guide Version 4

Use this guide to understand and prepare for a FARM Animal Care evaluation on your dairy farm.

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Completing a FARM Animal Care Evaluation with PC Dart Guide

Use this eight-step guide to execute a FARM Animal Care Evaluation if your farm uses PC Dart.

Dairy Records Management Systems (DRMS)

Animal Care

Evaluator Training Resources

Attending a FARM Animal Care Program Evaluator/Trainer Training Course Checklist

A guide to help you with the steps before, during and after an Animal Care evaluator or trainer training course.

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Steps to Hosting FARM Animal Care Evaluator Training

As a FARM Animal Care Certified Trainer, it is your responsibility to understand and follow appropriate procedures. Use this step-by-step guide to host your own FARM Animal Care evaluator training course.

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Fitness to Transport

Considerations when Transporting Dairy Animals

Cuestiones a Considerar en el Transporte de Animales Lecheros

Evaluating the dos and don'ts of transporting dairy animals and making decisions in a timely, efficient manner is important always to consider the animals' well-being first. Display this poster to serve as a reminder of what to check for before transporting.

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End of Life Decision-Making - Fitness to Transport Video

Watch this partner spotlight video developed by Elanco Animal Health to support all dairy animal caretakers and owners in the fitness to transport process for details on end-of-life decision making for cattle on your dairy.

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Animal Care

Foot & Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disase (FMD) Progression of Lesions in Cattle Sign

Fiebre Aftosa en el Ganado Vacuno Progresión de las Lesiones

Use this sign to help identify clinical signs caused by foot and mouth disease, progression of lesions based on the amount of days post-infection and what to if you suspect a foreign animal disease.

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Foot and Mouth Disase (FMD) See Something, Say Something Sign

Letrero de “Si ve algo, diga algo” para fiebre aftosa (FMD)

Foot and Mouth Disease can look like many things. Display this sign to help identify visual signs of FMD and if you see something, say something.

Secure Milk Supply

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Herd Health

Herd Health Plan Veterinarian Review Form

Formulario de Revisión de Veterinario de Plan de Salud del Hato

This form is acceptable to meet the “written herd health plan reviewed at least annually by the Veterinarian of Record” standard within FARM Animal Care Version 4.

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Herd Health Protocol Templates

Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Biosecurity

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol for the biosecurity portion of your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Branding

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol for safe and humane cattle branding in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Castration

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a castration protocol for your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Disease & Illness Treatment

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol when it comes to identifying and treating diseases and illnesses in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Euthanasia

Use this fillable template to help establish and document euthanasia protocol as a part of your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Fitness to Transport

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol that ensures suitability for an animal to be culled and transported to market in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Fly Control

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a fly control protocol in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Lameness Prevention & Treatment

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a lameness prevention & treatment protocol in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Medical Procedure

Use this fillable template to help establish and document protocols relating to medical procedures in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Milking Procedure

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a milking procedure protocol in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Non-Ambulatory Cows

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol regarding non-ambulatory cows in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Parasite Control

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol regarding parasite control in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Pest Control

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a pest control protocol in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Pre-Weaned Calves

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a protocol regarding pre-weaned calf management in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Supernumerary Teat Removal

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a supernumerary teat removal protocol in your herd health plan.

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Herd Health Plan Protocol Template - Vaccinations

Use this fillable template to help establish and document a vaccination protocol for your herd in your herd health plan.

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Animal Care

Non-Ambulatory Animals

Proper Care for Non-Ambulatory Cows Poster

Cuidado Apropiado Para Vacas No Ambulatorias Póster

Display this poster to help identify a proper down cow protocol, how to prevent, plan and care for non-ambulatory cows and common causes, including milk fever, toxic mastitis, toxic metritis, musculoskeletal damage and massive infection.

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Proper Management of Non-Ambulatory Animals Article

Reference this two-page article to help create your dairy farm's non-ambulatory protocol to ensure you answer the correct questions and establish appropriate protocols.

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Animal Care

Program Standards

Animal Care Reference Manual Version 4

An easy-to-use, educational and comprehensive resource detailing animal care and management guidelines of the FARM Animal Care Program including checklists, program standards, best practices, references and more.

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Animal Care Reference Manual Version 4 – Print Friendly

A low-color, print-friendly version of the full Animal Care Manual (excluding the appendix). Includes educational and comprehensive animal care and management guidelines of the FARM Animal Care Program such as checklists, program standards, best practices and more in a format more suitable for printing at home.

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Dairy Cattle Care Ethics Agreement

Acuerdo de las Éticas del Cuidado del Ganado Lechero

Review and sign the dairy cattle care ethics agreement to commit to the highest standards of animal care on your dairy.

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Dairy Cattle Care Ethics Agreement & Training

Entrenamiento y Acuerdo de las Éticas del Ganado Lechero

Complete the dairy cattle care ethics agreement and training form to confirm that you have received training in animal care, stockmanship and all other assigned animal care responsibilities.

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Record Keeping

PC Dart

PC Dart gives you cutting-edge tools to enhance management decisions and save time: Genomic data merged with performance data, Money Corrected Milk values Trackers (Activity, Heifer, Maternity, Conception, Inventory) to identify trends and track performance.

Dairy Records Management Systems (DRMS)

Animal Care

See It? Stop It!

See It? Stop It! Poster

¿Lo Ve? ¡Deténgalo!

Demonstrate your commitment to animal care. Display this poster for anyone who works around animals to provide guidance on how to report animal abuse, neglect, harm or mishandling. Responsible animal care starts with you!

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See it? Stop it! Flyer

¿Lo Ve? ¡Deténgalo!

Demonstrate your commitment to animal care. Display this sign for anyone who works around animals to provide guidance on how to report animal abuse, neglect, harm or mishandling. Responsible animal care starts with you!

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Animal Care

Switch Trimming

How to Transition Away from Tail Docking

Switch trimming is the best management practice a farmer can utilize to transition away from tail docking. Use this guide to determine which meets your farm’s individual needs.

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Animal Care

Topic Briefs

Topic Brief - Artificial Insemination

This factsheet provides background and additional information on artificial insemination. Get answers to frequently asked questions in this topic brief.

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Topic Brief - Disbudding

Use this topic brief to learn more about the removal of horns for the safety of the cattle and your dairy farm staff.

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Topic Brief - Polled Genetics

This topic brief outlines polled genetics including breeding animals for the polled gene as a long-term strategy to reduce the need for disbudding or dehorning in dairy cattle.

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Animal Care

Training & Continuing Education

Continuing Education Training Log - Animal Care

Use this fillable form to document group training sessions pertaining to animal care topics.

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Dairy Cattle Care Training Activity Attendance

Asistencia a la Actividad Entrenamiento del Ganado Lechero

Use this form to accurately document dairy cattle care training activity attendance.

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Dairy Cattle Care Training Agreement

Entrenamiento Acuerdo del Ganado Lechero

Complete the dairy cattle care training agreement to confirm that you have received training in animal care, stockmanship and all other assigned animal care responsibilities.

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Dairy Cattle Care Training Log - Individual Employee

Document to record training pertaining to animal care.

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Animal Care

Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship

Veterinarian Review Annual Sign-Off Form

Formulario de Aprobación Anual de Revisión de Veterinario

This form is acceptable to meet the written “Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship,” “Herd Health Plan” and “Drug Treatment Records” standards signed annually within FARM Animal Care Version 4.

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Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) Form

Formulario de Relación Veterinario-Cliente-Paciente (VCPR)

This form is acceptable to meet the “written Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship that is signed by the farm owner and Veterinarian of Record annually within the previous 12 months” standard within FARM Animal Care Version 4.

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Antibiotic Stewardship

Best Management Practices

2022 - 2023 Milk & Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual

The 2022-2023 resource can be used to quickly review drugs and screening tests approved for dairy animals. This manual can also be used as an educational tool to develop on-farm best management practices.

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Antibiotic Stewardship

Certificates

Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Certificate and Generator

Download the fillable PDF or fill out the spaces to generate a one-page certificate documenting the completed review of the Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual.

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Antibiotic Stewardship

Evaluation Preparation

Recommended or Approved Drug List Form

Complete this fillable form with information on recommended or approved drugs for your dairy as a resource for all employees, veterinarians and other partners.

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Antibiotic Stewardship

Training & Continuing Education

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Information Sheet

Learn more about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), what it is and how it's used on-farm.

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Antibiotic Stewardship

Treatment Records

Drug Treatment Records Veterinarian Review Form

Formulario de Revisión de Veterinario de Registros de Tratamiento con Fármaco

This form is acceptable to meet the “permanent (written or electronic) drug treatment records reviewed at least annually by the Veterinarian of Record” standard within FARM Animal Care Version 4.

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Treatment Record - Daily For Multiple Animals

Use this fillable form to keep track of treatment records on a daily basis and review with your veterinarian. Available in a fillable PDF and spreadsheet.

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Treatment Record - Individual Animal

Use this fillable form to keep track of treatment records on an individual cow basis and review with your veterinarian. Available in a fillable PDF and spreadsheet.

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Treatment Records - Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides background and additional information on the "facility has permanent (written or electronic) treatment records for the treatment of the facility's common diseases" standard within FARM Animal Care Version 4.

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Biosecurity

Best Management Practices

Cattle Routes of Exposure and Disease Examples

Disease causing agents can expose animals and people through different routes. Preventing exposure helps prevent disease. Learn how diseases are spread to help prevent exposure.

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Everyday Biosecurity Manual Version 1

Biosecurity includes management practices designed to protect cattle and people from disease exposure. The Everyday Biosecurity Manual provides you with the steps to get started and build additional protections for your cattle.

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Biosecurity

Signs

Biosecurity Sign - Biosecure Entry Ahead

Letrero de Bioprotección: Entrada Biosegura Más Adelante

Display this full-page sign for visitors to comply with your dairy farm's biosecurity practices.

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Biosecurity Sign - Clean Boots & Clothing Required

Letrero de Bioprotección: Se Requiere el Uso de Ropa y Botas Limpias

Display this full-page sign on your dairy farm to notify staff and visitors of a biosecure entry point.

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Biosecurity Sign - Cross Only at Biosecure Entry Point

Letrero de Bioprotección: Cruce Solamente en un Punto de Entrada Bioseguro

Display this full-page bilingual sign to alert visitors and staff to only cross at biosecure entry points on your dairy farm.

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Biosecurity Sign - Milk Collection Occurring

Letrero de Bioprotección: Se Está Recolectando la Leche

Display this full-page sign on your dairy farm to indicate when milk transfer is occurring.

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Biosecurity Sign - Milk House Cleaning & Disinfection

Letrero de Bioprotección: Limpieza y Desinfección de Cámara de Leche

Display this full-page sign on your dairy farm to indicate when milk house cleaning and disinfection is complete.

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Biosecurity Sign - Wear Personal Protective Equipment

Letrero de Bioprotección: Use Equipo de Protección Personal

Display this full-page sign on your dairy farm to encourage use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the milk house.

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Biosecurity

Templates

Animal Movement Log

Tracking animal movement information will be important during a disease outbreak. Use this log to record inbound and outbound animal details.

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People Entry Log

Tracking people movement information will be important during a disease outbreak. Use this log to record inbound and outbound people details.

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Vehicle/Equipment Entry and Delivery Log

In foreign animal disease outbreaks, all vehicles, equipment or deliveries that cross the Line of Separation at the premises must clean and disinfect prior to entry. Tracking movements in this log is important during disease outbreaks.

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Biosecurity

Training & Continuing Education

Group Training Record

Training dairy workers is important for the benefit of themselves, the animals and the dairy farm. Record the trainees and training topics in this form for documentation of group sessions.

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Environmental Stewardship

About the Program

Environmental Stewardship Fact Sheet Version 2

This one-pager shares the changes that were updated with Version 2 of the FARM Environmental Stewardship Program. Learn more about new data points, updated emission factors and more detailed results.

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Environmental Stewardship Program Scientific Background

FARM Environmental Stewardship Program estimates farm-level greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy intensity. Learn how it uses a scientific, peer-reviewed model based on IPCC Tier 2 methods and life cycle assessment (LCA) research.

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Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol - Overview

Learn about the farm random sample protocol based on the concept of stratified random sampling for the FARM Environmental Stewardship module.

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Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol - Spreadsheet

Download the fillable Excel spreadsheet to run the FARM Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol.

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Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol - Talking Points

Talking points on the FARM Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol.

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Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol - Using the Spreadsheet

Watch the tutorial on how to use the Environmental Stewardship Sampling Protocol Excel spreadsheet to run the random sampling protocol.

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Scope 3 Reporting Using FARM Environmental Stewardship Program

A company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are divided into Scopes 1, 2 and 3. Read more about these emissions and reporting relating to your business.

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What is FARM Environmental Stewardship Program?

Learn how the FARM Environmental Stewardship program area helps track and communicate a dairy farm’s environmental achievements while setting a path for continuous improvement.

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Environmental Stewardship

Best Management Practices

Environmental Stewardship Continuous Improvement Reference Manual

This Reference Manual offers practical, science-based ideas for reducing GHG emissions in the areas of Feed, Productivity, Manure and Energy. Opportunities and options for consideration are included with links to resources for more information.

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Environmental Stewardship

Evaluation Preparation

Environmental Stewardship Data Collection Sheet Version 2

Second-party evaluators can use the fillable Excel spreadsheet or print the PDF to collect data for FARM Environmental Stewardship evaluations.

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Environmental Stewardship Evaluation Preparation Guide Version 2

Use this guide to understand and prepare for a FARM Environmental Stewardship evaluation on your dairy farm.

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Environmental Stewardship User Guide Version 2

Co-op field staff, evaluators and dairy farmers input data into the FARM Environmental Stewardship online evaluation tool. This guide explains which records/documents may contain the necessary farm data and answers questions about interpreting each measure and understanding the results.

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Environmental Stewardship

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Fact Sheet Series

GHG Fact Sheet Series - Energy Use Emissions

How does energy use influence GHG emissions? Find out more about fuel and electricity use on-farm and opportunities to reduce energy usage.

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GHG Fact Sheet Series - Enteric Emissions

How does digestion influence GHG emissions? Learn more about enteric emissions, and opportunities to reduce emissions through excellent cow health and productivity.

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GHG Fact Sheet Series - Feed Production Emissions

How does feed production influence GHG emissions? Find out how activities like tillage, planting, irrigation, harvest, pasture management and nutrient application all influence GHG emissions and opportunities to pursue energy efficiency.

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GHG Fact Sheet Series - Introduction to Greenhouse Gases

What are GHGs? Learn about types of GHGs in dairy farming and find out more about U.S. dairy's goals to become GHG neutral, optimize water use while maximizing recycling and improve water quality by 2050.

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FARM Marketing & Communications

Annual Report

2014 Year in Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2014.

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2015 Year in Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2015.

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2016 Year in Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2016.

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2017 Year in Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2017.

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2018 Year In Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2018.

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2019 Year In Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2019.

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2020 Year In Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2020.

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2021 Year In Review

This annual report contains a summary of FARM Program activities, events, new resources and more from 2021.

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FARM Marketing & Communications

Brand Guide

FARM Program Brand Standards

Use these brand standards in any outreach that mentions the FARM Program. Includes guidance on logo, color, fonts, icons, images and more.

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Signs & Posters

Emergency Contacts Magnet

Imán de Contactos de Emergencia

Displaying this magnet of names and telephone numbers of emergency contacts in a prominent place in the animal facility using employees’ native languages is necessary to speed up communications in an emergency.

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Emergency Contacts Poster

Números de Emergencia Póster

Displaying this poster of names and telephone numbers of emergency contacts in a prominent place in the animal facility using employees’ native languages is necessary to speed up communications in an emergency.

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Workforce Development

Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook Sample

Customize this sample employee handbook and use as a resource for your dairy farm.

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Workforce Development

Evaluation Preparation

Evaluation Tool Version 1.0 Fact Sheet

This evaluation tool encourages best practices, with a focus on developing sustainable management processes and procedures to promote positive human resources and safety outcomes on dairies.

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Workforce Development Evaluation Preparation Guide Version 1

Use this guide to understand and prepare for a FARM Workforce Development evaluation of your dairy farm. It can be used in conjunction with the FARM Human Resources Reference Manual, FARM Safety Reference Manual, templates and other resources.

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Workforce Development

Hiring & Recruiting

Hiring Tips for Dairy Farms Factsheet

This factsheet outlines hiring process best practices, with the goal being to hire individuals with the right qualifications.

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Workforce Development

Housing

Housing Cleaning Schedule

Calendario de Limpieza

Use this suggested cleaning schedule to help farm housing employee occupants plan ahead.

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Housing Emergency Contacts

Contactos de Emergencia

Complete this emergency contact form and display in employee housing to ensure employees know who to call in case of an emergency.

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Housing Inspection List

Lista Control de Inspección de la Vivienda

Farm owners or managers can use this housing inspection list to evaluate condition and cleanliness of employee housing.

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Housing Orientation Checklist

Lista Control de la Orientación de la Vivienda

Use this housing orientation checklist to ensure topics were discussed with farm employee housing tenants.

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Housing Repair - Journal System

Sistema de Registro de Reparaciones

The template can be used for employees to fill out and request housing repairs or information.

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Housing Repair - Ticket Form

Boleta de Reparación

This form can be used by farm employees to request repairs or housing information.

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Managing Employee Housing Guide

Farm-provided housing can be an attractive employee benefit. Reference this managing employee housing guide for best practices.

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Workforce Development

Human Resources & Safety Templates

Employee Emergency Contact Form

Formulario de Contacto de Emergencia del Empleado

Have your employees complete this emergency contact form to keep on file.

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Workforce Development

Human Resources Hiring & Recruiting

Interview Questionnaire Form

Formulario de las Preguntas de la Entrevista

This form can be used to draft questions, take notes and evaluate an applicant during an interview.

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Job Application Form - Employer Comments

Formulario de Solicitud de Empleo (Comentarios del Empleador)

Use this document in conjunction with job applications to track the interview process.

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Job Application Form - Long

Formulario de Solicitud de Empleo (Largo)

Customize this long-form job application to your dairy operation for interested applicants.

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Job Application Form - Short

Formulario de Solicitud de Empleo (Corto)

Customize this short-form job application to your dairy operation for interested applicants.

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Job Description Worksheet

Formulario de la Descripción del Trabajo

This worksheet can be used to help dairy owners and managers develop a job description.

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New Hire Checklist

Lista Control del Nuevo Empleado

Use this checklist to help ensure new hires are onboarded properly and well prepared to start work on your farm.

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Workforce Development

Human Resources Management

Employee Break Relief Schedule

Hoja de Programación de Descansos

Organize your farm employee's shifts with this break relief schedule sheet.

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Employee Compensation Change Form

Formulario de Cambio en el Salario

Use this form template to document when an employee's pay is adjusted.

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Nationwide Labor Survey Report

Nationwide Labor Survey Report conducted in 2019 by the Center for North American Studies (CNAS) identifies areas where U.S. dairy farms are implementing HR and safety best management practices.

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Performance Evaluation Form

Evaluación Formal de Desempeño

Customize this performance evaluation form to your farm's operational needs between employees and supervisors.

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Progressive Disciplinary Action Form

Formulario de Acción Disciplinaria Progresiva

The form allows dairy owners and managers to document the progressive disciplinary action process related to employee performance.

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Workforce Development Human Resources Reference Manual

Desarrollo del Personal Manual de Referencia de Recursos Humanos

This manual is designed to assist dairy farm owners, managers and other relevant staff in developing a consistent and compliant human resources program on your farm.

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Workforce Development Human Resources Self-Assessment

This self-assessment serves as a starting point to evaluate current HR programs and determine HR needs.

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Workforce Development

Human Resources Templates

Human Resources Templates - Spanish

Plantillas de Recursos Humanos

Review and complete these Spanish Human Resource templates and tailor them to the needs of your dairy operation.

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Workforce Development

Human Resources Training & Continuing Education

Employee Training Log

Registro de Entrenamiento del Empleado

Farm employees and supervisors can track employee training using this training log.

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Workforce Development

Safety Management

Comprehensive Emergency Action Plan Guidance

An Emergency Action Plan provides pertinent information and steps for a dairy to follow if an emergency should occur.

FARM Program

Employee Safety Incident Reporting

Seguridad del Empleado Formulario de Reporte de Incidentes

Use this form to report all work-related injuries, illnesses or “near miss” events.

FARM Program

Workforce Development Safety Reference Manual

Desarrollo del Personal Manual de Referencia de Seguridad

This manual was produced with the purpose of identifying safety hazards and safe work practices, as well as applicable OSHA requirements pertaining to dairy farming activities.

FARM Program

Workforce Development Safety Self-Assessment

This safety self-assessment serves as a starting point to evaluate current safety programs and determine safety needs.

FARM Program

Workforce Development

Training & Continuing Education

Alltech FARM Employee Management Series

Alltech and FARM teamed up to create this 3-part video series featuring Alltech's Jorge Delgado outlining practical steps to build your on-farm culture and connect with your team.

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Continuing Education Record - Immediate Family

Use this fillable form to document educational training courses for immediate family members.

FARM Program

Group Training Attendance Form

Formulario de Asistencia de Entrenamiento en Grupo

Use this form to track employee attendance at group training session(s).

FARM Program