Animal Care

Demonstrating the Highest Standards on Today’s Dairy Farms
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Committed to excellent cow care

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

  • Details animal care guidelines in the FARM Animal Care Reference Manual that farmers follow for every cow and calf on the farm – guidelines that evolve with the latest dairy welfare research
  • Provides on-farm second-party evaluations at least once every three years for participating farmers by trained evaluators who work with farmers to identify strengths and outline improvements, if necessary
  • Ensures the integrity of the program with third-party verification by qualified third-party experts who evaluate a statistically significant  percentage of farms each year to demonstrate the integrity of the second-party evaluations and provide evidence that FARM is working as intended. (Results posted each year in our “Year in Review”)

Science-based, cow-centric

The FARM Animal Care Program is science-based with evaluation areas that are cow-focused. Additionally, the FARM Animal Care Program is facility and herd-size neutral. It includes cow and facility observations that are used to verify high animal care standards.

We know U.S. dairy farmers take excellent care of their animals. On-farm evaluations and verification simply demonstrate it to our customers and consumers.

FARM’s Animal Care Program standards are revised every three years by industry experts – farmers, animal scientists, veterinarians and co-op staff – who rely on the latest dairy welfare research.

MORE THAN 98% of the U.S. milk supply comes from participating farms in the FARM Animal Care Program.

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