A local farmer in India milks buffalo using techniques from the DDM mastitis control training.
A local farmer in India milks buffalo using techniques from the DDM mastitis control training.

This spring, James Cullor, DVM, PhD, visited dairies in developing regions of India and China to help local farmers improve the health and wellbeing of their cattle, food safety, environment, and their own economic wellbeing. Cullor is a professor at the University of California-Davis.

Using Dairy Dynamic Management (DDM) techniques, Cullor worked with farmers and thousands of cows in four locations of India where many cows are milked by hand and their milk sold raw. He also visited dairies near Harbin, Xian, Inner Mongolia and South of Beijing in China. Farmers were trained in areas like reproduction, milking parlor and fresh cow management for a safe and wholesome milk supply, waste management techniques and animal welfare approaches.

The DDM training was developed through the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center's Dairy Food Safety Laboratory and implemented through the Global Healthshare Rural Tech program. It assists smallholder farmers with identifying existing and future dairy management problems and establishes a team that can design, implement and sustain changes towards goals of food safety.  Since 1999, Dr. Cullor has trained more than 300 farms and 5,000 dairy workers and works closely with the school’s Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, which promotes food safety internationally in China and Nicaragua using this holistic 'One Health' approach to animal, human and environmental health.

“It’s the on-farm work and training that truly makes the difference,” says Cullor. “The Dairy Food Safety Laboratory is actively involved in working on farms and developing practical solutions to real-life challenges in international locales like Rwanda, China, India and Bangladesh. “

Cullor will be returning to China to train farms at the Indonesian-owned Austasia dairy company later this summer.