“Good, Safe Food: Producing Antibiotic-free Milk and Meat” - Spanish training available

A Spanish-speaking video version of the "Good, Safe Food: Producing Antibiotic-free Milk and Meat" is now available on the MSU Extension Dairy Team website for employee training.

This past winter over 180 dairy producers, employees, and dairy-industry professionals attended the “Good, Safe Food: Producing Antibiotic-free Milk and Meat” program throughout Michigan. The program has led to continued discussion with dairy industry professionals. Now the program has also led to a Spanish speaking version of the program that was offered to employees, and also an on-line version now available at the Michigan State University Extension Dairy Team website.

On April 25, 2013 in St. John’s Michigan Faith Cullens - Michigan State University Extension Dairy Educator, and Andres Contreras - DVM and Assistant Professor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences at MSU - held a Spanish speaking version of the “Good, Safe Food” program for some of the Spanish-speaking dairy workers in that area of the state.

Antibiotic residues are rarely found in milk and meat, but agriculture continues to seek ways to improve in this area. Developing risk-reducing protocols and providing employee education around the residue issue, and what they can do to reduce the risk is an important step in continuing to improve the quality of our milk and meat supply.

At the April program, employees learned the importance of maintaining an antibiotic-free milk and meat supply, and how their work on the farm contributes to a safe, wholesome food supply.

In an effort to make the program available to a broader audience of Spanish-speaking dairy employees, managers, and owners the program was video taped, produced and uploaded to the website. Those wishing to watch the 20 min program can find it under the “Dairy Production” tab, and then under the “Milk Quality” subpage (or follow this direct link to the Milk Quality page)

Employees are a key component to a good, safe food supply. Employee education is one way that MSU Extension is helping dairy producers continue to improve in this area.

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