Animal Care Recap

The topic of animal care has become an increasingly prominent issue for DFA customers, largely a result of increased interest from consumers on where their food comes from and how it’s produced.

This afternoon, a panel including Dan Senestraro, vice chairman and Southwest Area Council chairman; Emily Meredith, vice president of animal care for National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF); Mike Brown, director of dairy supply chain, The Kroger Co.; and Tim McIntyre, vice president of communications and public relations for Dominos, spoke to member-farmers about the growing focus on animal care. Meredith spoke about the latest 3.0 version of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, which was recently approved by the NMPF board.

The panel discussed how pressure from consumers and activist groups have resulted in policy changes for a number of large companies. They also discussed how 94 percent of the nation’s milk supply is enrolled in the FARM certification program, with the goal of 100 percent by the end of 2016. Meredith shared positive sentiments from Chobani and Walmart regarding FARM, and talked to the audience about the wide acceptance of the program, which has resonated well with some of the largest dairy customers in the United States and globally.

Both Brown and McIntyre expressed their support of FARM and dairy farmers’ efforts to vocalize their commitment to quality animal care.

To learn more about version 3.0 of the FARM program, visit www.nationaldairyfarm.com.