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Seminar 14

**CANCELLED**Food Armor® Phase I Training: Building HACCP-based Health Management Plans for Dairy Farms


Fee: $225 Limit: 0
Level: Basic    
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11, 2018  8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Coordinators: Mrdutt Computers No
Faculty: Mrdutt , Garber , Johnson  

Description: There are numerous national and local programs in the U.S. dairy industry that deal with issues related to animal care, welfare, drug use, and food safety. In general, these programs establish a set of best management practices related to animal care and include an evaluation to determine a farm’s level of compliance with the program’s standards. These programs can be useful in initiating change on farms by identifying areas of weakness in animal care. However, they are often insufficient motivation alone to cause permanent change because of their emphasis on a single evaluation and a failure to establish a realistic plan for implementing change. The Food Armor® program is an innovative alternative because it requires timely, regularly-scheduled oversight by a farm’s Veterinarian of Record. This approach employs Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles in the development of a customized six-section action plan for each farm. The goal is to identify hazards related to animal care, proper drug use, and food safety and then establish critical control points to minimize or eliminate those hazards. To move beyond checking boxes on a list, farm owners and veterinarians participating in Food Armor® are satisfied because of the program’s inherent emphasis on eliminating risks for their businesses through continuous improvement and oversight. Check for additional information on the Food Armor® program. The focus of this seminar will be to train veterinarians to think with a HACCP mindset so that they may subsequently work with farms to design, implement, and maintain customized animal health management plans. The seminar will emphasize the following six sections: VCPR, drug list, treatment protocols, SOPs, records, and veterinary oversight. Through presentations and group discussions, veterinarians will be trained to use the extensive tools and templates developed by the Food Armor® program. An emphasis on practical solutions for these challenging issues will be included throughout. An optional evening session will demonstrate software that profoundly simplifies the implementation and maintenance of animal health management plans. At the conclusion of the seminar, veterinarians will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and tools to immediately begin implementing health management plans with their dairy farm clients.

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