Following several livestock truck rollovers over the last few years in Michigan and adjacent states, MSU Extension and the Michigan Pork Producers Association recognize the need to have a network of trained people across the state to respond to these accidents. These trained people will then act as advisers and be able to provide assistance to first responders and emergency response personnel when these events occur.
In an effort to fulfill this need, a one-day training event will take place September 23, 2019, at the MSU Pavilion for Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with onsite registration at 8:30 a.m.
The day-long event will focus on managing the scene of a livestock accident, organizing volunteers and working to ensure human health, public safety, and animal welfare. Participants will learn about extrication of trapped animals, management of the rollover accident site, chain of command, response to injured animals, animal behavior and humane euthanasia.
Animal handling demonstrations include:
Program topics include:
The program is sponsored by MSU Extension, Michigan Pork Producers Association, Michigan Meat Association and the Branch County Farm Bureau.
The cost for a single registrant is $75 per participant. For departments with three or more participants, registration is $50 per person. To register, visit this link. Meals, snacks and resources will be provided.
Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Dave Thompson, MSU Extension, Coldwater, Mich., at [email protected] or (517) 279-4311 by Sept. 5, 2019, to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.
Additional contacts include: