Breakout Sessions

Location: Convention Center Meeting Rooms 13-14

Sponsored by Merck

Dairycare 365 provides some unique training geared towards dairy employees with footage from actual commercial dairies. Topics include 1) General stockmanship 2) Moving cows to and from parlor 3) Heifer low stress handling 4) Handling special needs cws and non-ambulatory animals 5) Neonatal care of calves 6) Calf handling (loading and unloading trailer etc.) 7) Proper euthanasia techniques 8) BioAwareism – practical biosecurity on the farm.”

Dairycare 365 is in English and Spanish. Each module is about 20 minutes long, has an assessment, a personalized certificate of completion, an accompanying SOP, and helps fulfill many of the FARM requirements.”

Dr. Michael Bolton

Dr. Michael Bolton is a 1978 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He spent eight years in dairy practice in Wisconsin and another 20 years as a dairy veterinarian in Michigan. Dr. Bolton joined Merck in 2006 and helped start the Dairycare effort shortly thereafter. He works in the area of animal care, sales support and vaccine research at Merck Animal health. Mike and his wife Ruthy have three grown children and five grandchildren and live on a centennial farm near Traverse City, Mich.

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