Free virtual safety training for dairy farms

ONEIDA CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) are teaming up to offer virtual safety training for dairy farmers and their employees. The event will be on Thursday February 25, 2021 from 7 to 8pm. NYCAMH agricultural safety educator Christina Day will review the importance of proper animal handling and discuss specific considerations for non-ambulatory animals. The presentation will also include information about other safety programs available for farms. This training can fulfill some requirements of the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program version 4.0, which requires annual continuing education training for dairy workers who handle animals.

Proper care for non-ambulatory animals is a vital part of any dairy farm’s animal welfare program. The goal is to keep these animals comfortable and help them recover from illness or injury. NYCAMH developed this training module in accordance with FARM standards. The emphasis is on prevention, preparation and prompt action. The training covers common causes for non-ambulatory animals, appropriate response and care, and considerations to take when transporting them.

The virtual cattle handling training on February 25 is free and open to farm managers and employees throughout New York State, but advance registration is required. Sign up by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y2gxylk8 or contact Marylynn Collins at mrm7@cornell.edu for more information about the event.

NYCAMH offers free virtual training on non-ambulatory animal care as well as other safety topics, available in English and Spanish. Training can help farms comply with OSHA regulations and fulfill some FARM program annual requirements. For more information about virtual safety training, or to request a session for your farm, contact NYCAMH at 800-343-7527 or info@nycamh.org. NYCAMH, a program of Bassett Healthcare Network, is enhancing agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury.

–Anna Meyerhoff
The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health – NYCAMH