Merck Animal Health was on hand during the 2016 World Dairy Expo to talk with producers about the latest updates to Dairy Care365, an online training series that was 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.
Dr. Mike Bolton, DVM, a member of Merck’s Dairy Technical Services team, sat down for an interview during this year’s Dairy Expo. He talked some of the features available as the series has updated and how they fit nicely into the increasing regulations and requirements facing dairy producers in the next year.
The Dairy Care365 program is part of a partnership between Merck and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the creators of the National Dairy FARM Program for animal care. Two of the programs newest videos in the series are part of a two-episode module on bio-awarism, which focuses on providing farm employees with a diverse overview of proper biosecurity protocol.
“Bio-awarism is a combination of biosecurity, threats from outside of your farm and threats from within your operation, and the videos explain to workers why they have to follow these requirements and what is important to keep the disease within your farm on a controlled level by managing flow and traffic on your farm,” said Dr. Bolton. “The videos talk a lot about things that aren’t rocket science but definitely bear repeating: Things like proper vaccine handling, impressing on employees why its not a good idea to take a shortcut through the sick pen to feed the calves, things that like that, which are common sense ideas that they may not have had much education on.”
Learn more in Jamie’s full interview with Dr. Bolton here:
Interview with Dr. Mike Bolton, DVM, Merck
View and download photos from the event here: 2016 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.