A pair of Jersey cows lean on each other at the Goodrich farm on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 in Danville, Vt. Congress failure to act on a farm bill before the election recess has put small dairy farms in limbo. Already strapped by soaring feed and fuel costs that are putting some out of business, small farms from New England to the Midwest will no longer have a safety net that provided them a boost when milk prices fell to a certain level.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
After abuse of cows, Idaho schools offer dairy training
First Published Sep 21 2013 05:46 pm • Last Updated Sep 22 2013 10:33 pm
Twin Falls, Idaho • Following an undercover video showing Idaho dairy workers mistreating cows, state schools are teaming up with the industry to offer classes on how to handle animals.
The University of Idaho Extension, along with the College of Southern Idaho, will be offering the program beginning in October following pilot testing.
Its first phase focuses on animal care, milking, calf raising and feeding dairy animals.
Last January, a former employee at Bettencourt Dairies’ Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse after the video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows.
Bettencourt Dairies is among Idaho’s largest, with 60,000 cows.
Terry Patterson, College of Southern Idaho instructional dean, says he’s excited about to chance to provide training to current and future dairy employees.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com
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