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Dairy Care 365® Training Modules

By Merck Animal Health

Merck Animal Health’s Dairy Care 365® Training Modules are developed to train, equip and support dairy producers, employees and veterinarians so they’re able to provide the best possible care for dairy animals 365 days a year.

The series includes best management practices for animal handling and movement, animal health diagnosis and treatment, and other topics related to animal care on dairy farms.

In developing the modules, Merck Animal Health partners with industry experts to provide the most up-to-date information from respected, credible sources.
 
After watching each module, participants are prompted to take a quiz to test their knowledge. With at least 80 percent correct, a personalized certificate of completion can be printed.
 
The modules are available in English and Spanish in the United States and other languages internationally.
 
CURRENT MODULES:

Handling Down Cows
Developed by Greg Crosley, D.V.M., a practicing veterinarian and expert in training dairy employees to understand, assess, transport and care for down cows
 
Providing the best care is especially important when a cow goes down due to illness, injury or weakness. This training program will help you develop the skills to respond to a down cow emergency. This module covers:
  • Why cows go down
  • Preventing injuries from occurring
  • Responding to and assessing down cows
  • Moving a down cow with a sled or stone boat
  • Moving a down cow with a skid-steer
  • Safety precautions
  • When to use hip lifts
  • Handling split-out cows
  • Assessing mobility
  • What to know about cattle prods
  • Recovery care
Length: 18 minutes
Languages: English and Spanish 
 
Click here to get started with our online training.

Handling Dairy Calves and Heifers: A Low-Stress Way to a Profitable Herd
Developed by animal handling expert Ben Bartlett, D.V.M., former Michigan State University Extension educator and livestock producer

Low-stress dairy handling – in addition to genetics, nutrition and animal health – is critical to the success of raising calves and heifers into productive cows. This module focuses on teaching dairy farm personnel to develop dairy handling skills that are shared by owners, management and workers. The module teaches:
  • The basics of cattle handling and movement
  • The benefits of training and working with youngstock
  • How cattle communicate differently than people
  • Moving newborn calves, heifers and bulls
  • Training fresh heifers to stand while milking
Length: 15 minutes
Languages: English and Spanish 
 
Click here to get started with our online training.
 
Euthanasia – Making the Difficult Decision
Developed by euthanasia expert Jan Shearer, D.V.M., Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Whatever the circumstances, making the decision to euthanize an animal is always difficult. This module demonstrates the decision-making process of euthanasia and provides tools and information to minimize pain and distress in the animal. The module covers:
  • The reasons why euthanasia is necessary
  • How to euthanize using the approved methods and tools
  • How to maximize the welfare of the animal
  • Where and when it should be done
  • What to do if a veterinarian is not available
Length: 15 minutes
Languages: English and Spanish
Format: USB flash drives and DVDs (not compatible with Mac computers)

To request your copy, click here or contact your Merck Animal Health representative.
 
Moving Cows to the Milking Parlor
Presented by dairy stockmanship expert Paul Rapnicki, D.V.M., M.B.A., formerly with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine 

Two or three times each day, dairy cows are moved to and from the milking parlor, so it’s important to understand how to safely and effectively move dairy cows to ensure they stay calm and relaxed throughout the entire milking process. Upon completion of this course, dairy employees will:
  • Know how to control a cow’s movement
  • Understand how to apply pressure effectively with multiple cows
  • Learn how to move cows out of the pen, to the holding area, into the milking parlor and back to their pens calmly, safely and efficiently
Length: 30 minutes
Languages: English and Spanish
Format: USB drives and CDs (not compatible with Mac computers)
 
Click here to get started with our online training.
  
Introduction to Dairy Stockmanship
Presented by dairy stockmanship expert Paul Rapnicki, D.V.M., M.B.A., formerly with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine 

Handling dairy cattle safely, effectively and efficiently requires an understanding of how cows behave and react to their surroundings and stimulation. This module presents the basic principles of dairy stockmanship and how to manage dairy cattle in a low-stress way. Upon completion of this module, dairy employees will:
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with cows
  • Begin to understand how their behavior affects cattle
  • Identify and use flight and pressure zones
  • Be able to move cattle in a positive way
  • Minimize frustration, stress and increase safety when loading and moving cattle
Length: 20 minutes
Languages: English and Spanish
Format: USB drives and CDs (not compatible with Mac computers)
 
Click here to get started with our online training.