Source: National Milk Producers Federation
Key components of the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program are now available in Spanish.
That announcement was made today during the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) board of directors meeting in Alexandria, Virginia where producers and industry leaders from across the country were provided an update on the on-farm animal well-being program.
Created by NMPF, with support from Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy FARM Program is a voluntary, nationwide program designed to bring consistency and uniformity to animal care through education, on-farm evaluations and objective third-party verification.
"Since U.S. dairy production involves a number of native Spanish speakers who are responsible for animal care on a day-to-day-basis, the National Dairy FARM Program recognized the need for animal care materials to be available in Spanish,” said Betsy Flores, NMPF director of regulatory affairs.
The materials now available in Spanish are the Animal Care Manual (Manual de
Cuidado Animal) and Animal Care Quick Reference User Guide (Cuidado Animal Guía de Referencia Rápida para el Usuario), available online at www.nationaldairyfarm.com.
The National Dairy FARM Program Animal Care Manual details best management practices for a variety of issues, including animal health, environment and facilities, animal nutrition, and transportation and handling. The content of the manual is consistent with the principles and guidelines of the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative, which was introduced in 2008.
The companion Animal Care Quick Reference User Guide is a condensed version of the manual for on-farm use and implementation. These materials will be supplemented with an animal care video and other educational resources. An on-farm instructor may be available from a producer's cooperative or other source.
To participate in the National Dairy FARM Program, producers, co-ops, processors, and state and regional dairy producer organizations can contact NMPF.
For more information on the National Dairy FARM Program, contact Betsy Flores (BFlores@nmpf.org) at (703) 243-6111, ext. 372, or log on to www.nationaldairyfarm.com.