Mutual Dairy Farming is an Israeli start -up, founded in order to promote dairy cow welfare. Our goal is to raise awareness of our daily interaction with cows. If we understand the way the cows experience and perceive the world, we can change and adjust our working methods and create a quiet and calmer working environment, for the mutual benefit of the cows and the working staff.
Mutual Dairy Farming has created suitable training sessions for the farmers which provide them with the professional skills for daily working methods that deal with handling, husbandry and nurturing. Our goal is to improve welfare in the dairy farm.
Dr. Sivan Lacker is a veterinarian, a graduate of the Hebrew University Veterinary School. She is involved in animal welfare and is the founder of Mutual Dairy Farming. She has many years of experience in training dairy farmers. Sivan established the training program with emphasis on transforming up to date theoretical research data into applicable methods for the dairy farms. She realized the need for such training sessions after having experienced the day to day routine of the dairy farm.
In order to make fundamental changes in the dairy farm, it is important to provide relevant information and knowledge to the specific worker in his field. Each training session is built to suit specific areas of expertise in the farm, thus making each training session highly efficient.
Low Stress Handling Methods
Low Stress Weaning
Dairy Farm Management
Design of cowsheds, paths and structures
Welfare oriented daily routine agenda
Consultation for solving weak points in the farm
Kibbutz Ein Ha Horesh Farm
“After attending Dr. Lacker’s lecture at the Animal Welfare Seminar, it was clear to me that I would invite her for a training session for our farm team. Sivan’s presentations are different because they contain concrete and tangible aspects such as videos and sounds which provide us with information from the cow’s perspective. In my opinion, that’s excellent! The feedback which I received from my team on the lecture, was that it was fascinating and interesting. We are implementing the methods of cow handling we learned from Sivan and planning further changes in the cowsheds.”
Yuval Bacharach - Farm Manager.
Kibbutz Genosar Farm
"Our entire team participated in the training session which was given at our dairy farm. The training was divided into two parts: first, theoretical and second, practical, which took place during the afternoon milking. In my opinion, as farm manager and as someone who was always interested in the behaviour of the animals, whom we love so much(cows), this training is a must, for every farmer, who is either experienced or a beginner. The lecture was presented in an outstanding manner, including an active dialogue between the guides and the dairy team. Immediately after the session, the team assembled and we decided: no more use of sticks to prod the cows, no more yelling or whistling, no more using hands and in short, we decided to become mutual dairy farmers. I highly recommend the training and I would like to thank Dr. Lacker for the useful and effective day we experienced together."
Yotam Kaplan - Farm Manager.
"Sivan greatly impressed me with her seriousness and commitment. Immediately after the training session, all the sticks, used to prod the cows, were thrown away and were never used again. During the tour of the farm, Dr. Lacker pointed out the weaknesses and advised how to solve them. On our farm, we have a separate cooling shed and the cows have to be led from that area to the holding area (before the milking parlour). The passage is on a slippery slope, with significant contrast of shade and light. After implementing Sivan’s recommendations, it was easy to handle the cows in those specific problematic areas."
Arnon Shoham, farm manager
"The training session was excellent. Sivan explained about the cow’s sense of sight and hearing , and then we went out to the cowshed to put into practice what Dr. Lacker had just taught us. Sivan demonstrated patiently, various methods of low stress cow handling, without the use of prodding sticks or yelling. After applying these methods, we were amazed to see the cows walking out of the shed to the milking parlour without any need of prodding or yelling. It took our team a few days to get used to the new methods. For several months now, the entire milking shift is carried out quietly."
Faras Grifat- farmer at Kibbutz Gvat
These professional articles, written by Dr. Sivan Lacker, deal with animal welfare. Sivan firmly believes that reading theoretical material isn’t enough to make a significant change in the dairy farm .The entire team must undergo professional training, with an experienced guide ,to make meaningful improvements in productivity and cow welfare.
מאמר זה עוסק במונחים בסיסיים של רווחת בעלי חיים. מהי "רפתנות מודעת", מטרותיה והשיטות להשגת המטרות.
מאמר זה עוסק בחוש הראייה, שמיעה וריח של הפרות. המאמר עומד על הקשר בין חושי הפרה לדרך שבה אנו מתנהלים מולה וכיצד ניתן לשפר את הממשק בהתאם.
שיטות להובלת פרות ברפת:
מאמר זה עוסק בשיטות מופחתות עקה להובלת פרות ברפת. מושגי יסוד להבנת התנועה הטבעית של הפרות ושימוש בידע הזה להובלתן וכן שינויים ממשקיים מבניים שניתן ליישם כדי לשפר את זרימת תנועת הפרות ברפת.
שינויים ממשקיים ושילוב אלמנטים טבעיים אל סביבת המחייה של הפרות, המתבססים על התנהגות הפרות בסביבתן הטבעית.
חשיבות המבנה החברתי והקשרים החברתיים בין הפרות, השפעתם על ביצועי הרפת ורווחת הפרה.
מאמר העוסק בהפרדת העגל מהאם לאחר ההמלטה, מה ההשפעות והאם אפשר אחרת.