Training Program for Livestock Auction Markets

Organizations partner together on training Web site.

Published on: May 19, 2010

The Livestock Marketing Association and Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University have partnered to produce the Animal Care Training Web site at www.animalcaretraining.org. The site offers training videos, testing and certification in specific livestock handling areas. LMA's Vice President for Membership Services Kristen Parman says the program addresses the unique animal handling challenges faced by livestock marketing business owners and their employees.

Topics of training include low stress animal handling, properly moving non-ambulatory animals and handling injured or disabled animals. Market owners and managers can register all employees and gain access to every training module on the site for a one-time fee. The training resources don't have time limits - enabling a flexible training environment for everyone.

Dr. Dan Thomson - BCI Director and Jones Professor of Production Medicine - says the program gives market employees the online tools to learn the latest advances in best management practices for animal health and well-being. According to LMA's Parman - this program is the beginning of LMA and BCI's partnership - and the organizations will continue to create training modules on the key issues facing livestock marketing businesses. She says continuous training is vital for the safety of livestock and market employees.

LMA members can get the training package by clicking on the Animal Care Program link at www.LMAweb.com or by going to the training Web site.