Animal Handling: Dairy

Dairy Stockmanship is a practice which promotes positive animal handling. Stockmanship is important for both animal and worker safety. It reduces stress, increasing milk production and reducing potential injuries on the farm.

UMASH has developed a variety of resources (videos, posters, and fact sheets) to help promote positive animal handling practices to keep workers safe.

 

VIDEOS

UMASH has developed a 5-part video series on Dairy Stockmanship. The videos are an educational resource intended for farmers, ranchers, farm employees, veterinarians, human resources training staff and those involved with worker health and safety training/education. The videos demonstrate stockmanship principles when working with dairy cattle. They include:

  • Using Predictable Animal Behavior to Increase Milk Production
  • How a Cow Uses Her Senses
  • Working with the Pressure Zone
  • Moving Cows More Effectively
  • Making the Milking Parlor a Happy Place

These videos are provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of CDC/NIOSH or any other funders.

View the videos directly on our site by clicking on them below, or download the video by right-clicking the “Download mp4” link below the video and saving the file.

CLASSROOM LESSON PLANS:

A downloadable lesson plan is available for each of the video topics. These are a useful resource to help ag educators bring safety and health to the classroom.

Lesson plans can be downloaded with each video below.

 

PART 1
Using Predictable Animal Behavior to Increase Milk Production

Release Date: October 27, 2015
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DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN (pdf)

PART 2
How a Cow Uses Her Senses

Release Date: October 27, 2015
Download mp4

DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN (pdf)

 

PART 3
Working with the Pressure Zone

Release Date: October 27, 2015
Download mp4

DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN (pdf)

PART 4
Moving Cows More Effectively

Release Date: October 27, 2015
Download mp4

DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN (pdf)

 

PART 5
Making the Milking Parlor a Happy Place

Release Date: October 27, 2015
Download mp4

DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN (pdf)

PRIMERA PARTE
Cómo Tomar Ventaja del Comportamiento Natural de los Animales para Mejorar la Producción de Leche

Release Date: January 8, 2016
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SEGUNDA PARTE
Cómo la Vaca Utiliza sus Sentidos

Release Date: January 8, 2016
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TERCERA PARTE
Trabajando con la Zona de Presión

Release Date: January 8, 2016
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CUARTA PARTE
Cómo Mover las Vaca con Más Eficacia

Release Date: January 8, 2016
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QUINTA PARTE
Cómo Convertir la Sala de Ordeño en un Lugar Agradable

Release Date: January 8, 2016
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POSTERS AND FACT SHEET

 
We encourage you to share these resources with your colleagues and anyone you know who may benefit.
.  In addition to the downloads on our website, the materials are also available on DVD, which includes additional UMASH safety resources. For more information on these and other resources, or to request a DVD, please contact Carol Peterson at ctrefry@umn.edu.