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“Stress” less with good stockmanship


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Moving and handling 1,400-pound animals is not a job for everyone – it is however, one that dairy farmers do every day. Across the Midwest large dairy cattle are moved to and from the parlor several times each day. Livestock related injuries account for a high rate of lost work days.

People are a major source of anxiety for the cow. Stressed cattle are more difficult to handle and this puts workers at an increased risk of injury. Much of a cow’s anxiety comes from how they are handled. Studies have shown cows handled by a careless handler had reduced milk efficiency compared to cows with gentle handlers. Cattle learn to recognize individuals and can distinguish between those who treat them gently and those who do not.

Dairy stockmanship focuses on the handling interactions (i.e. communication) between humans and cows and includes low-stress handling techniques of the basic, natural movements of cattle and is a method for humans to interact with cows in a way that cows understand. Knowing cattle behavior is the key to good stockmanship. For instance, walking in the same direction as a cow will tend to slow her down or stop her. Walking in the opposite direction will tend to speed her movement.

This safe and effective method of cow movements has many benefits including calm and relaxed cows at milking, minimal defecation and kicking in the parlor, and improved milk let-down. Additionally, farmers using stockmanship methods are less likely to be injured and face fewer challenges moving cattle.

Interested in exploring stockmanship principles for your dairy operation? The University of Minnesota Extension and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center are sponsoring a one-day workshop to review the principles of dairy stockmanship. The first half of the day will be classroom discussion and the second half will be spent on a dairy farm modeling the principles and interactions.

Applying Dairy Stockmanship Principles will be at the Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Rd, Rochester Minn. 55904 on Thursday, January 9, 9:30-3 (lunch included). For more information or to register contact: Carol Peterson – email: ctrefry@umn.edu or call 612-625-8347 or cell: 507-381-4873.

Learn more about dairy stockmanship at: http://purl.umn.edu/57210



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Environmental quality incentive program (EQIP)

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers cost share and incentive payments for landowners and producers adopting new conservation practices in their operations. The first 2014 scoring period will occur in December 2013 and rankings ..... 
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Miller to serve on State Farm Bureau Committee

Wed, Nov 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Melinda Miller of Stewartville, Minn. in Fillmore County was recently appointed to serve on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee. The P&E committee focuses on agricultural education and safety education program ..... 
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Conservation stewardship program (CSP)

Wed, Nov 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and ..... 
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Farm Bureau Members in Minnesota Raise Funds for South Dakota Rancher Relief

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm Bureau members, county Farm Bureaus in Minnesota and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation came together during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Auction to raise over $22,000 for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares fund. The auction was ..... 
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2013 cattle feeder days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will once again be hosting the 2013 Cattle Feeder Days. The program is offered around the state and will be in Southeast Minnesota on Thursday, December 19 at the Rochester Events Center, 5:30 p.m. T ..... 
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Why Minnesota needs a farm bill now

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthe ..... 
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What is a fair and profitable farm rental agreement?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties Landlords, Farmers, Agri-Business Professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held in Southeast Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided ..... 
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Soils 101 workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Soils 101 is an intensive 8-hour class that provides a hands-on teaching environment designed to provide a basic understanding of soil science principles to producers and crop consultants. The class is beneficial for anyone who has never had a soils ..... 
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