BROOKINGS, S.D. – John Fetrow from the University of Minnesota will present a webinar for dairy producers on April 5.
The webinar will focus on the use of veterinary drugs on dairy farms and it begins at 10 a.m. While the webinar is made available to producer and associate members of Minnesota Milk Producers Association, the first 20 South Dakotans who enroll can take part in the webinar as well. To sign up, call Valerie Denison in the South Dakota State University Department of Dairy Science before 9 a.m. on April 5. Call her at 605-688-4116 or e-mail her at this address: Valerie.Denison@sdstate.edu <mailto:Valerie.Denison@sdstate.edu> .
South Dakota Cooperative Extension Dairy Specialist Alvaro Garcia said the webinar is a great way for producers to brush up on the basics.
“Consumers want to purchase wholesome, high-quality dairy products that come from farms that treat their animals with the highest standards of well being and with responsible veterinary care,” Garcia said. “One of the programs that is helping producers do this is the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management, or F.A.R.M. program.”
Garcia said F.A.R.M. provides consistency and uniformity of practices for animal care and dairy product quality assurance. Dairy producers have best management practices in place to prevent problems rather than treat animals. Garcia added that Fetrow's April 5 educational program is another good example of these practices.
“If an animal gets sick, producers seek immediate veterinary attention,” said Garcia. “Both dairy producers and veterinarians use drugs and medicine for sick animals only when warranted, and they keep detailed records of treated and animals and withdrawal periods. These steps are the norm on today’s dairy farms.”
In addition, dairy producers discard the milk from animals that have been treated and that they avoid using milk with any presence of medicinal residue, Garcia added.
“Having Dr. Fetrow’s knowledge on this topic will help producers, so we encourage South Dakota dairymen and women to take part in the April 5 event,” he said.