FARM Animal Care Version 5 Development

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FARM Animal Care Version 5

FARM Animal Care Program standards are revised every three years to reflect the most current science and best management practices within the dairy industry. Standards, rationale and accountability measures are reviewed and revised by the FARM Animal Care Task Force and National Milk Producers Federation Animal Health and Well-Being Committee with input from industry stakeholder groups including farmers, animal scientists and veterinarians. The National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors provides final approval on version standards. FARM is currently in the process of facilitating the development of FARM Animal Care Version 5.

Version 5 Development Update

Given the impact of Coronavirus, the FARM Program did extend the current version cycle (Version 4) by 18 months. These drafted standards to Version 5 will be in place from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2027.

The FARM Animal Care Program helps to demonstrate dairy farmers’ commitment to providing excellent care of their dairy cattle and producing safe, wholesome milk by:

  • Establishing animal care guidelines using the latest research and best management practices in the National Dairy FARM Animal Care Reference Manual National Dairy FARM Animal Care Reference Manual.
  • Implements on-farm evaluations by trained evaluators who help identify strengths and outline improvements for dairy farms.
  • Ensures integrity of the program through third-party verification.

Open Comment Period: Drafted Animal Care Version 5 Standards

The National Dairy FARM Program Animal Care Program invites all dairy industry stakeholders to provide comments, feedback and concerns related to the drafted Animal Care Version 5 standard revisions.

If an organization would like to send in compiled comments, please send to dairyfarm@nmpf.org.

Add Your CommentsDownload Proposed Standards (PDF)


Events

July 2021-December 2021

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Kick Off Survey

September-December 2021

Industry Town Hall Meeting

December 2021
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January 2022-June 2022

NMPF Board of Director Meeting

March 2022

Industry Town Hall Meeting

March 31, 2022
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Animal Health & Well-Being Committee Meeting

Quarter 2

Animal Health & Well-Being Committee Meeting

Quarter 3

NMPF Board of Directors Meeting

June 2022

Industry Town Hall Meeting

June 30, 2022
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July 2022-December 2022

Industry Town Hall Meeting

September 8, 2022
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NMPF Board of Director Meeting

October 2022

Public Commenting Period

September-November 2022

January 2023-December 2023

Targeted AH&WB Approval and NMPF BOD Distribution

January 2023

Targeted NMPF Board of Directors Approval

March 2023

Resource Development

March-December 2023

Industry Town Hall Meeting

January 2024-July 2024

Version 5 Evaluator Trainings

January-June 2024

Version 5 Implementation

July 1, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

The FARM Animal Care Program demonstrates that dairy farmers are committed to taking excellent care of their animals and producing safe, wholesome milk by:

    • Detailing science-based animal care guidelines that evolve with the latest dairy research
    • Providing on-farm evaluations by trained evaluators who work with farmers to identify strengths and, if necessary, outline improvements
    • Ensuring the integrity of the program with third party verification by qualified dairy experts who evaluate a representative percentage of farms each year to demonstrate that FARM is working as intended

98% of the US milk supply participates in the FARM Animal Care program area. Dairy farmers participate in the program through their milk cooperatives, processors, individual farms, and other organizations. When an organization signs a FARM Animal Care participation form, they commit that 100% of their membership will be evaluated against the current animal care version’s standards and is subject to third party verification.

The National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program standards are formally revised every three years through a year to year and a half long process. Those involved in the developing and revising standards include:

 

FARM will accept comments on the drafted FARM Animal Care Version 5 standards from September 12th – October 28th

Once the open comment period is closed, the Animal Care Task Force, Farmer Advisory Council, NMPF Animal Health & Well-being committee and NMPF Board of Directors will review submissions and consider feedback before NMPF Board of Directors approve the final standards.

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FARM Animal Care Task Force Members

FARM Animal Care Program standards are formally revised every three years through a year and a half long process. Part of those involved in developing and revising standards include the FARM Animal Care Task Force. The task force is made up of dairy farmers, veterinarians, animal scientists and dairy cooperative and processor staff.


Karen Jordan, DVM

Farmer | Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

Antone Mickelson

Northwest Dairy Association

Cricket Jacquier

Farmer | Agri-Mark, Inc.

Nathan Chittenden

Farmer | Agri-Mark, Inc.

Kris Scheider

Farmer | Foremost Farms USA

Steve Maddox

Farmer | California Dairies, Inc.

Kayla Rink

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

Brandon Treichler, DVM

Select Milk Producers, Inc.

Fred Gingrich, DVM

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Mike Machado

Glanbia Foods, Inc.

Kristy Miron

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Richard Doak, DVM

Advaca LLC and Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians

Pat Gorden, DVM

Food Supply Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University

Kate Lott, DVM

Tilamook County Creamery Association

Cassandra Tucker, Ph.D.

University of California–Davis

Marcia Endres, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota

Jennifer Van Os, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Emily Miller-Cushon, Ph.D.

University of Florida