Healthful Cowsalways come first.
We take animal care extremely seriously, and we expect everyone we work with to practice excellent cow care. Whether a farm has 200 or 20,000 cows, our standards are rigorous, our expectations are clear and our philosophy is straightforward: healthful cows always come first.
Cow comfort is a high priority for all dairy farmers. The more comfortable cows are, the more production they have. And, overall, they’re healthier.
Coming through for cows.
A lot goes into keeping cows healthful. It starts with physical well-being, supervised by farmers and veterinarians. Then, it continues by providing a low-stress environment, handling cow herds humanely, and optimizing comfort and cleanliness. This is our standard no matter the size of the farm. No exceptions.
We’re working to adopt farm standards acrossall our farms andsuppliers
Launched in 2009, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) works with dairy farmers, cooperatives, processors and industry partners to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry holds itself to the highest standards.
FARM is also helping earn the public’s trust by ensuring safe, wholesome milk, high standards of environmental stewardship and exceptional work environments through:
On-farm best management practices
Standards for second party on-farm evaluations
Third-party verification to guarantee the rigor and integrity of the FARM program
Dedicated to cows
We also require industry-wide animal welfare best practices to set a high bar for how every cow and every herd are treated. The “Five Freedoms” of good animal welfare, which are inspired by the World Organisation for Animal Health, ensure a humane environment for cows.
The 5 freedoms of good animal welfareThese globally recognized standards ensure a humane environment for all our cows.
Adequate food and water
Comfort and shelter
Prevention and treatment of disease and injury
Minimization of fear, stress and suffering
Providing ahealthy diet.
Dairy farmers work closely with animal nutritionists to optimize cow nutrition. While each herd may have different nutritional requirements, every cow’s diet consists of forages and grains to promote good health and milk production.
The soul and scienceof cow care.
As we grow, we’re stepping up for cows by expanding our scientific capabilities and technical support. From monitoring a cow’s somatic cell counts and protein levels to checking every milk load that comes into our Tillamook and Boardman facilities, our goal is to ensure optimum cow health. Tracking this data is one of the ways we help farmers continuously improve.