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Pre-Conference Workshop

Dairy Animal Welfare vs Human Welfare: Where the Two Meet

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Workshop Overview:

This workshop session will focus on practical skills and tools trimmers can use to be more effective at motivating and engaging their clients on farm. Animal welfare often gets discussed as if it lived in a vacuum, as if it happens just because we sign a contract stating we will adhere to certain standards. Reality is, animal welfare is an outcome: it is the positive outcome of an interaction between a human and an animal. A positive outcome for both human and animal! It can only happen when humans truly understand the behavior of the animals they are handling and can anticipate why cows do what they do when they respond to our pressure with a mixture of natural behavior and learned behavior. This talk will explore these dynamics from a hoof trimmers perspective.
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About the Speaker: Robert Hagevoort Ph.D

Dr. Robert Hagevoort, a native of The Netherlands, is an Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in the Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources Department of College of Agricultural in the College of Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Tropical Animal Production from the College for Tropical Agriculture (1987) in Deventer, The Netherlands. He received a M.S. degree in Range Nutrition (1989), and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition (1993) both from Texas A&M University.

Prior to joining New Mexico State University as an Extension Dairy Specialist in November of 2005, Dr. Hagevoort served for over 10 years as an independent dairy management consultant primarily in California’s southern and central Valley. As a an Extension Specialist, he has been working closely with the Dairy Industry in New Mexico and across the Western US regarding many regulatory and environmental issues, and initiated an effort to rebuild a dairy program at NMSU through the formation of the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium (formerly known as the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium).

A key component of his current research & extension program is the development and implementation of a comprehensive dairy workforce training & safety program.

In March of 2011, Dr. Hagevoort was the first recipient of the Topliff Dairy Chair, a position charged with promoting the visibility of the dairy industry through research, extension and education and which serves as a policy center for regulatory matters.





Motivating On-Farm Change and Improving Client Engagement

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
11:00am - 5:00pm

Workshop Overview:

This workshop session will focus on practical skills and tools trimmers can use to be more effective at motivating and engaging their clients on farm.

This session will start by taking a look at the key factors driving farmer behavior and on-farm decision making – we’ll try to answer the question, ‘why do people do what they do?’ Building from this, the session will then explore one-on-one and group-based approaches to communicate effectively with farmers. This interactive session will also give trimmers an opportunity to share experiences and best practices with respect to motivating change.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Steven Roche is a research consultant and social epidemiologist whose work is primarily focused on health promotion, knowledge mobilization, and behavior change in Canadian agriculture. Dr. Roche received his PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Population Medicine, at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. His doctoral research focused on developing and evaluating novel approaches to improve the adoption of on-farm management practices by farmers to control Johne’s disease in the Ontario dairy industry. Steven is passionate about understanding on-farm behavior and designing new approaches to facilitate changes to prevent disease. He is currently the director and principal consultant of ACER Consulting, where he continues this work through numerous projects with academic, governmental and industry collaborators.

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