Omar Sandoval1
ArticleVolume Number May 23, 2019

Training for the integration and support of foreign workers (FIATÉ)

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Fiaté means: "Be trustworthy"

Who is this service for?

Ideal for all dairy producers who hire foreign workers.

Ensure the quality and competency of your foreign workforce to ensure compliance with your milk quality standards and your farm's profitability.

What does the service include?

  • Knowledge of the environment and daily life on a dairy farm 
  • Milking

  • Herd health and welfare

  • Reproduction

  • Breeding

  • Feeding

  • Stress-free animal handling

  • and much more…

Who is the accompanying coach?

A member of l'Ordre des agronomes du Québec, Omar Sandoval has more than 20 years of experience in the field of beef and dairy production. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, with a Zootechnics specialty from the Industrial University of Santander in Colombia. A dairy production technician for the past seven years with Valacta, partner of the Lactanet consortium, he is now an advisor for the FIATÉ service. Sensitive to the challenges faced by foreign workers and their employers, Omar has developed a technical and human approach that allows them to successfully integrate into the farm's team.

What is the basic program?

1. Knowledge of the environment

  • Particularities of the industry and dairy farms in Canada, Quebec

  • Visit of the farm, more specifically the barn and the machinery in order to get familiar with the agricultural lexicon

  • The main daily tasks to be performed in the barn (the work routine)

  • How to complete the NOPs for the Food Safety and ProAction programs.

2. Milking

  • Good milking practices (milking methods and systems)

  • Detection of clinical and subclinical mastitis

3. Herd health and welfare

  • Handling of animals

  • Lameness detection

4. Reproduction

  • Heat detection.

  • How to intervene effectively during calving?

5. Breeding

  • Calf care: colostrum management and preparation of a lacto-replacer

  • Monitoring the growth of heifers (use of the tourniquet meter and tape measure)

6. Feeding

  • Herd feeding: overview of forage and feed for cows and heifers. Does my cow eat well?

7. Other needs for daily work at the request of producers.

Are you interested in this service? Plan ahead before your workers arrive and contact Omar at 514 245-7338 or call our customer service at 1 800 BON-LAIT

Some testimonials from customers who have benefited from this service

"I recommend this service to everyone, it is very important to begin with a solid basis with your foreign worker since we will be seeing him for more or less 8 months. Omar helped us to get to know him better and get off to a good start! »

Stéphanie Lauzon, Kingsbury Farm, St-André-d'Argenteuil

"I really appreciate this service from Lactanet, it allows Alfredo to be more aware of everything related to milk production. It gave him confidence and allowed him to be more efficient in his work, which is very good for the farm. »

Christian Riendeau, Ferme Normand and Lucie Riendeau, Sainte-Martine-de-Beauharnois

"Maicol Sanchez received technical support and discussed with Omar. He learned that the time spent and good practices related to milking routine are very important in the management and finances of my herd. »

Maxime Montpetit, Ferme Mojac, Sainte-Martine

"Following Kevin Guzman's arrival, we were unable to explain certain concepts and techniques used on our dairy farm. Omar came to train our worker in his workplace.  After his visits, we noticed a clear improvement. We will repeat this experience periodically. »

Raymond Boulais and Sophie Baril, Ferme Boulais, Sabrevois.