A comprehensive humane officers training course, Animal Agriculture 101, was hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau and others at the University of Findlay in April. The purpose of the all-day event was to provide a basic understanding of farm animal care and production practices and to identify resources for local animal shelters and officials dealing with animal care complaints.
“This program was a collaboratively sponsored effort with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OSU Animal Sciences/OSU Extension, University of Findlay, Hord Livestock, Cooper Farms and Kalmbach Feeds,” said Roger High, OFBF director of livestock policy. “Together we created a great educational event to introduce local county officials to livestock production and management issues.”
A classroom lecture was followed by a farm tour that allowed participants to view livestock in a typical farm setting, as well as interact with the farm management and other local agricultural leaders.
Animal Agriculture 101 training is designed for humane officers/agents, dog wardens, animal control officers, county sheriff deputies, county commissioners, animal rescue groups and local animal shelters/humane societies.
“We look forward to creating future Animal Agriculture 101 events in different areas of Ohio to introduce even more county officials to the livestock world,” he said.
Contact Roger High to request a local Animal Agriculture 101 event.
Steve Boyles, right, OSU Beef Extension specialist, explains beef cattle behavior to Animal Agriculture 101 participants during humane officers training at the University of Findlay in April.