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Educational resources for new employees or the continuing education of milkers and herdsmen.

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Merial’s Best in Class Dairy website, www.BestInClassDairies.com, features a training module, which is part of a new comprehensive educational initiative. The new website and training module provide dairies access to valuable information and educational tools to help ensure healthy cows, the highest standard of milk and profitable operations. The web-based audiovisual training module, which addresses pre- and post-milking procedures, is the first in a series of training modules that will be offered to dairy operation workers through this site.

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Minnesota Milk Producers Association is offering a webinar to its producer and associate members. “Defining an Orientation Program for New Employees” is planned for March 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. CST. It will be led by Felix Soriano, APN Consulting, LLC.

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Q. Part of our milking routine includes forestripping. This seems to slow down the milking process. Why should we bother to forestrip?

NMC responds:

Forestripping is one of the most important steps in the milking routine. And although forestripping is physically tiring and is often perceived as time-consuming, it is well worth the effort and can actually help shorten milking time and improve milk quality.

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How much time do you spend finding ways to reduce feed losses? How much of that time is focused on monitoring your feeder’s performance? And when was the last time you had a training session or refresher for your feeders focusing on how to reduce feed losses and what your expectations are?

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As the person mixing and delivering feed to the cows, you have one of the most important jobs on the dairy.

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Reproductive efficiency has been identified as one of the main opportunities to increase herd performance in today’s market.

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