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Dairies invest in training after undercover video

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 16 2013 09:01:03 AM MST
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -

The executive director of the Idaho Dairymen's Association says dairy employers are using stronger background checks in the wake of a video that appeared to show incidents of animal abuse.
    
Bob Naerebout says the association is also partnering with the University of Idaho's extension office to start an animal care practices certification program.
    
Video shot with a hidden camera by an animal rights group at Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Hansen last fall shows workers at the dairy beating cows with a pink cane, workers kicking and stomping cows that have fallen, and a cow being dragged out of the barn by a chain. Three workers were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
    
The dairy said it fired five workers seen in the video and installed cameras.