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Certificate in Animal Wellbeing (Dairy) Programme

Date: June 1st, 2022

Believed to be a world first, a new training programme focusing on the benefits of animal wellbeing has been developed by QCONZ in collaboration with UCOL, Fonterra and DairyNZ.

Designed for dairy farm owners, managers and 2ICs, the programme goes beyond welfare compliance, and focuses on the benefits to be gained through affordable, practical, good animal care practices.

In addition to learning a simplified version of condition scoring and detection of early signs of lameness, the course covers heat stress management, time budgeting and animal wellbeing planning.

The training involves some on-line learning, a one-day workshop, followed by skills practice and an on-farm assessment. Those who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Level 4 Certificate in animal Wellbeing (Dairy)

Click here for more information: awb.qconz.co.nz

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