Events started this month and will continue around the country through to June.
Waikato farmer Ben Stewart attended the first Bobby Calf Focus event in Te Awamutu and said it gave him a clear understanding of his responsibilities under the proposed new regulation.
“I wanted to know what was coming into play to ensure we were ready at the start of calving,” says Ben.
“The knowledge around new regulation was really helpful. Most things we are doing already which was reassuring. There were some practical solutions provided for raised loading facilities and an emphasis on the key topics we need to be talking to our farm team about.”
The 1.5 hour workshop, delivered by vets, has been developed by DairyNZ to give farm owners and managers a clear understanding of their responsibilities.
The events will provide farmers with tools for communicating messages to team members and transporters. Topics include fit for transport requirements, loading facilities, good staff management and information about the proposed changes to the animal welfare standards.
Veterinarian Rachel Numan presented the workshop in Te Awamutu and says “We (the industry) need to be united in our approach to calf care. It’s obvious this is something farmers really care about.”
Farmers must register online at dairynz.co.nz/bobbyfocus. Events are free for all levy-paying dairy farmers and their staff.
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