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Livestock truck rollover trainings offered

WINDOM -- Two training opportunities on how to handle a livestock truck rollover will be offered Sept. 11 in Windom and Sept. 12 in New Ulm.

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The Minnesota Pork Board, along with the Region 5 Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, have teamed up to develop three livestock emergency response trailers that are available in the event of a truck rollover involving livestock. These trainings will be the first opportunity for individuals to see the trailers and handle the equipment.

Jennifer Woods, a livestock handling specialist from Blackie, Alberta, Canada, will lead the training. She has delivered the livestock emergency response course throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1998.

The training will provide emergency response personnel -- including firefighters, peace officers and livestock owner/truckers -- with information on how to handle livestock in an emergency situation and ways to improve animal well-being and enhance the safety of those involved.

POST and CE credits are available for attending. The trainings will start at 8:30 a.m. with a classroom portion, followed by hands-on demonstrations in the afternoon. Law enforcement, firefighters, emergency managers and any other personnel who may respond to a livestock truck rollover -- as well as individuals specializing in livestock transportation and farm transportation managers -- are encouraged to attend.

To register, contact the Minnesota Pork Board Office at (507) 345-8814. More information on the training can be found at