Wisconsin herd manager wins grand prize in antibiotic use contest
Producers for Progress Recognition Program Celebrates Dairy Producers for Judicious Use of Antibiotics Join Boehringer Ingelheim in acknowledging
The herd manager of Maple Ridge Dairy in Stratford, Wis., has been chosen as the grand prize winner out of more than 100 applicants in a contest that recognizes dairy producers demonstrating their commitment to the well-being of animals, consumers and the industry with the judicious use of antibiotics.
Jami Schultz was among three dairy producers chosen in Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Producers for Progress recognition program.
“I’m grateful to be selected as the grand prize winner,” said Schultze. “It’s great to see producers being recognized for their hard work in using antibiotics judiciously. Over the years, there has been increased interest in and demand for transparency from our consumers. And as producers, it’s our job to earn their trust and confidence that we’re doing the best for our animals.”
Partly due to that increased consumer curiosity, Schultze encourages producers to work with their veterinarian and look at their antibiotic protocols to determine where they can adjust and improve.
“We treat cows as individuals, and believe that every cow deserves a diagnosis,” she explained. “Our veterinarian regularly reviews our mastitis cases and protocols to make sure we’re up to date and giving the best treatment. When we do treat, we make sure to do it responsibly by using the proper antibiotic, dose and duration.”
The first place winner, Jennifer May, herdsman of Fa-Ba Farms, LLC in Canandaigua, New York, and second place to Rod Hissong, co-owner of Mercer Vu Farms Inc. in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, is the second place winner.
The perks of being a producer for progress? All applicants received BI gear for participating. Plus, Schultze won a John Deere Gator™ Crossover Utility Vehicle XUV825E;
BI’s Producers for Progress recognition program celebrates those who help protect the future of the industry.
“We’re proud to salute those producers who have implemented these proactive practices, especially in these trying times,” said Dr. Linda Tikofsky, senior associate director, dairy professional veterinary services for BI. “Antibiotics are important to the well-being of cattle, but we have a responsibility to use them at the right time, at the proper dosage, for the appropriate length of time, and with veterinary oversight.”