WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – September 27, 2019 – Cattle farmers, workers and families are welcome to register for the Manitoba Farm Safety Program’s (FSP) first ‘Safe and low-stress cattle handling’ workshop on October 29. The event will take place at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Brookdale site located north of Brandon.
This workshop, the first of a series of events FSP plans to offer moving forward, is intended to better address the needs of farmers by providing educational opportunities that are practical and commodity specific.
Thea Green, KAP’s new program manager, feels this model is a positive step forward for FSP as each commodity faces unique risks related to the type of farming they do.
"Providing commodity-specific training allows us to work closely with farmers to identify the safety risks inherent to their operations and share practical strategies to reduce the likelihood of harm” says Green. “Farmers are excellent at managing risk but getting started on farm safety can be overwhelming for many folks. Our workshops are designed to provide farmers with a road map for how to start initiating safety at the farm level.”
The October 29th workshop is geared towards anyone who works with cattle and is a blend of theory and hands-on training. With professional trainer Reg Stewart, participants will learn how low-stress cattle handling benefits animal welfare and worker safety, how to assess and improve the safety of cattle handling facilities, and how to improve communication within your team to increase efficiency.
The cost to attend is $35 which includes a beef-on-a-bun lunch and coffee break. CSA approved safety footwear must be worn for those wanting the opportunity to interact with cattle. FSP thanks Manitoba Beef Producers for their contribution in making this event possible.
FSP was established in 2016 to provide workplace safety and health advisory services and training to producers. FSP is hosted by Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), however safety services are available to all farmers whether or not they are KAP members, and regardless of size and commodity.
For media inquiries, contact Renée Simcoe at (204) 924-6018