FARM Animal Care Version 4.0

The FARM Animal Care Program standards are revised every three years to reflect the most current science and best management practices within the dairy industry. The current standards, rationale, and accountability measures have been reviewed and revised by the FARM Technical Writing Group and National Milk Producers Federation Animal Health and Well-Being Committee. They have proposed the following items for consideration with an open public comment period on the 4th version of FARM Animal Care. Below are the outlined National Dairy FARM Program Animal Care Version 4.0 corrective actions approved by the National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors on June 5, 2019. These standards will be in place from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022. Download Version 4.0

Evaluation Prep Guide

The Evaluation Prep Guide includes key facts about the FARM Program, how to prepare for an evaluation or verification, FARM Animal Care Version 4 standards and more!

Definitions

Conditional Certification: If a Mandatory Corrective Action Plan (MCAP) or Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) are not satisfactorily resolved by date set by FARM or the FARM Animal Care Participant, the facility will have a Conditional Certification for up to 60 days; a FARM Animal Care Participant may continue to procure milk from a facility with a Conditional Certification and remain in good standing with FARM. Once the MCAP or CIP is resolved within the 60 day period, the facility will be returned to full Certification status.

Conditional Decertification: If a Mandatory Corrective Action Plan (MCAP) or Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) are not satisfactorily resolved by date set by FARM or the FARM Animal Care Participant, and the facility has had Conditional Certification for 60 days without satisfactorily resolving the MCAP or CIP, the facility will be considered Conditionally Decertified. A FARM Animal Care Participant may not continue to procure milk from a facility with a Conditional Decertification and remain in good standing with FARM. Evidence of MCAP or CIP resolution must be provided to FARM in order for the facility to be returned to full Certification status.

Corrective Actions

Immediate Action

Requires that the standard is met immediately.  Failure to meet this standard will result in the facility being placed on “Conditional Certification” for 48 hours or less once the standard is met. If after the 48 hour “Conditional Certification”, the facility continues to not meet the standard, the facility will be “Conditionally Decertified” until the standard is met. A program participant will be delisted from FARM if they continue to procure milk from a “Conditionally Decertified” facility.  If the  facility is placed on “Conditional Certification” for an Immediate Action standard, there is the expectation that the facility is followed up with at 1 week, 1 month and 3 months interval to ensure standard is met.

Mandatory Corrective Action Plans | MCAP

Requires that the standard is met within nine (9) months or less as determined by the program participant.  Failure to meet these standards within this allotted timeframe will result in the facility being placed on “Conditional Certification” leading to “Conditional Decertification” if standards are not met after the designated timeframe. A program participant will be delisted from FARM if the continue to procure milk from a “Conditionally Decertified” facility.

Continuous Improvement Plan | CIP

Requires that action has been taken to meet the standard within a minimum of three (3) years or less as determined by the program participant. Failure to meet this standard within this allotted time frame will result in the facility being placed on “Conditional Certification” leading to “Conditional Decertification” if standards are not met after the designated time frame. A program participant will be delisted from FARM if they continue to procure milk from a “Conditionally Decertified” facility.

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