State dairy quality assurance program Oct. 4 and 11

A dairy farm workshop sponsored by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program will be Monday and Oct. 11 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center, Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way in Modesto.

The workshops provide producers information about a new animal care and well-being initiative, the National Dairy FARM Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management.

The first workshop, on Monday, will be an introduction to FARM and will include an overview of the program, introduction to dairy animal well-being, calf care issues and care and movement of special needs animals.

The second workshop, on Oct. 11, will cover locomotion scoring, hock scoring, body condition scoring, hygiene scoring and highlights of what to expect during a FARM evaluation.

The workshops are free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required.

-- Carol Reiter