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Dairy Safety Training Videos

The dairy industry plays a big role in the economy of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and many other states. Today's dairy workforce needs to know how to handle large animals, operate specialized equipment, and deal with extreme weather conditions without harming themselves or animals. In this video series "Considering Human and Animal Safety," best practices are outlined on how to safely and productively care for dairy cows while reducing risk of injury to yourself. Watching this video series will help you get the proper training and guidance for a healthy, productive workforce.

These videos will be available in Spanish by the end of 2014.​

Part I


 Introduction to "Considering Human and Animal Safety: Dairy Safety Training"


 Outside Animal Care


Learn how to handle animals properly on your dairy farm. Topics covered include moving cows safely, understanding how cows see, working with locking stanchions, treating animals in chutes, hoof trimming, and being safe around bulls.


 Milking Barn Safety


Learn milking procedures in the barn that will ensure your safety and cow comfort. Topics covered include general milking practices, tips for keeping cows calm and comfortable, a description of the milking routine, recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) like aprons and goggles, an overview of milking parlor styles, working with chemicals, electrical safety, machine room safety and other safety issues that you should be aware of when working in a milking parlor.


 Feeding and Other Safety Issues


Outside workers on dairy farms have responsibilities for feeding, silage, and corral grooming that have special safety considerations. Watch this video to learn safety tips for working with power take offs (PTOs) and heavy equipment like loaders, mixers, and other tractors. Safety tips are also provided for using four wheelers (ATVs) and waste lagoons.

Want more tips? See the “Feeder Safety” video below for additional tips for dealing with the silage pile.

Part II


 General & Outside Worker Safety


All dairy farm workers and managers should watch this video to learn basic principles for health and safety. This video explains basic safety and hygiene practices that will keep employees and cows healthy and free from diseases (e.g. washing your boots before entering the barn, wearing gloves, etc.) Safety topics covered include wearing proper clothing, keeping a drug-free policy on the farm, fire prevention, electrical safety, equipment and machinery safety, ladder safety, safety in pens and when working outdoors, proper lifting techniques, handling animals, working outdoors, treating cows, administering drugs to cows, proper needle disposal, bull safety and moving/treating down cows.


 Milker & Calf Caretaker Safety


Watch this video to learn safety practices for the milking parlor and the calving barn. Basic principles for parlor hygiene and safety are provided, including washing boots and hands, keeping walkways clear and slip-free, watching out for crowd gates, being careful with disinfectants, using chemicals properly, and wearing proper clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) like aprons and goggles. An overview of the calving procedure is provided along with tips for providing birthing assistance, using the calf jack, and proper calf-lifting techniques. For calf-raisers, safety tips are provided for using bottle wagons and sanitizing calf bottles.


 Feeder Safety


This video is created specifically for “feeders” on dairy farms. General safety tips are provided for driving tractors and using power take-offs (PTOs). Specific guidance is provided for the silage pile including: making safe slopes, filling the silage pile to a safe level, trimming the silage pile with the tractor, and best practices for uncovering silage for the quality of the silage and the safety of the workers.

Want more tips? See the “Feeding and Other Safety Issues” video above for general tips on working outside.

Producers and Partnering Organizations


The dairy safety training video series “Considering Human and Animal Safety” was produced by Dairy Extension Specialist Robert Hagevoort, PhD, Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in partnership with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, New Mexico State University Dairy Extension, the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education (CDC/NIOSH 2 U54-OH07541), USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS) (CDC/NIOSH 2 U54-OH008085).


These videos and more worker health and safety videos can be found on the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube channel at

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