TWIN FALLS -- 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 tells The Times-News 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.