The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program , which is administered by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), has announced that it is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to offer a series of animal health webinars that will further build upon the strong partnership established last year between the Merck Dairy Care365 Program and the FARM Program.
This decision comes after last summer’s announcement that NMPF and Merck Animal Health would collaborate to help ensure a comprehensive, dairy industry-wide approach to employee training and animal care.
This partnership has given dairy producers across the country unprecedented access to the tools, resources and workshops available through the Merck Animal Health Dairy C.A.R.E. Initiative, and it will also produce 10 upcoming webinars on various animal care topics, including calf care, stockmanship, antimicrobial stewardship and more.
“Merck’s proactive, engaging partnership has greatly strengthened the FARM Animal Care Program and we are grateful for their support for the program again this year,” said NMPF Chief of Staff Emily Meredith, who also leads the FARM Program. “These webinars, hosted by Merck Animal Health and leading animal health and welfare experts, will provide valuable training resources to producers and their employees.”
“Dairy C.A.R.E. was developed to help producers provide the best animal care by maintaining sound policies, hiring the right people and making sure they are properly trained – and our partnership with NMPF is a natural fit,” said Rick Jackson, Merck Animal Health U.S. dairy product manager. “The new webinar series helps us meet our goal of offering supplemental materials dairy farmers can use to meet the new requirements under FARM Version 3.0 while supporting the significant efforts of dairy producers to continuously improve the care and handling of their animals.”
The video topics and release dates are available here.