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[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Winter udder health, minimizing calf stress this winter and tips for protecting the herd from ‘old man winter’ are often popular topics in dairy media during this time of the year. While there are thousands of articles on udder health and calf management this season, rarely do any of them discuss the workers who perform these jobs in extreme weather conditions. Are we taking care of our workforce that in turn protects our herds from Mother Nature’s most severe elements?
According to Jorge Delgado, Alltech On-Farm Support Program manager, dairy owners need to remember that most of their Hispanic workers have probably not dealt with snow or extremely low temperatures in the past. Delgado offers these five tips for dairy owners to share with the employees milking, bedding and feeding their cows.
Delgado also suggests dairy owners make sure their operations include:
“Tell your workers doing chores outdoors, it is ok to take adequate breaks from the cold,” Delgado said. “These are the people taking care of your animals. Remember that this is a new experience for most of these guys, and they deserve to be treated with respect.”
For more information about the Alltech On-Farm Solutions and Support Program, please visit www.alltech.com or call (800)289-8324.