All About Health – Dairy, Mental and Occupational Come Together

All About Health – Dairy, Mental and Occupational Come Together

 
The 2019 Dairy Health Conference was held April 17 and 18 at the University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus. Dairy veterinarians, industry representatives and dairy producers gathered to learn the most recent information in dairy research from experts in the field.

Carol Peterson worked with Jessica Yost from the Dairy Education Center to provide resources on positive animal handling, needlestick prevention, signs and symptoms of stress and Promoting Worker Safety and Health for Immigrant Dairy Workers project.

Stress and the ongoing effects in the dairy industry were of particular interest to the participants who spoke to UMASH. We were able to connect attendees to the additional resources on our website and the crisis hotline numbers listed on our signs and symptoms fact card. The conference was an opportunity to reach dairy vets for information on safety practices on dairy farms via a short survey. This information will be used for Promoting Worker Safety and Health for Immigrant Dairy Workers project to increase the awareness of hazards and options for safety practices on dairy farms.

STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH

We know that stress and mental health can be an occupational health risk. UMASH is working to provide a total health approach to dairies – from animal handling to needlestick prevention to addressing stress and mental health concerns.