Animal handling guidelines available on poster

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ARLINGTON, Va. — In an effort to reinforce the importance of caring for dairy cattle at all stages of their lives, the National Milk Producers Federation, along with Dairy Management Inc. and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, unveiled a basic educational poster that will be distributed to all dairy producers across America.

Poster

The poster is printed on a barn-safe plastic sheet in both English and Spanish. The legal-sized poster, titled “Top 10 Considerations for Culling and Transporting Dairy Animals to a Packing or Processing Facility,” will serve as common industry guidelines for dairy producers to follow when they need to handle, transport or cull their dairy animals.

The document will be distributed during the month of July through dairy cooperatives to their members.

Get one

Producers who are not part of a cooperative can order a copy by calling 703-224-1381 or sending an e-mail request to poster@nmpf.org.

A copy of the poster can also be viewed at http://www.nmpf.org.

“Dairy farmers recognize their responsibility to provide appropriate care for their animals, which they do an excellent job of providing on a routine basis,” said Jerry Kozak, president and CEO of National Milk Producers Federation.

“However, sometimes we all need reminders of the best practices to follow. This poster will be a lasting and prominent reminder of those practices.”

“Veterinarians work with dairy farmers every day to make critical decisions about keeping their herds healthy. Some of those decisions involve when to remove animals from the herd, and this poster will help in that regard,” said Dr. Gatz Riddell, executive vice president of American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

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