Dairy farmers care about their animals. Most dairy farmers grew up on a dairy, and absorb a sense of love and responsibility for their animals from a very young age. UDA farmers are also very clear that customers want to purchase food from sources they know will take care of animals, and they operate in a way that is consistent with their values and expectations.
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UDA dairy farmers’ commitment to providing high-quality milk begins with taking good care of their cows.
Farmers work closely with veterinarians and nutritionists to keep their cows healthy and comfortable. Dairy cows receive periodic check-ups, vaccinations and prompt treatment of illness.
Sometimes it’s necessary for farmers to treat cows with antibiotics when they are ill, just as people sometimes need medication when they are sick.
- A cow being treated for an illness is separated from the milking herd to ensure that its milk does not go into the milk supply.
- Dairy farmers provide clean, dry bedding to their cows and access to food and water 24 hours a day.
- In Arizona, sophisticated cooling systems are in place to ensure the cows are comfortable.
- Cow nutritionists formulate a well-rounded diet for the cows to enjoy.
- Calves are disbudded before eight weeks of age and that pain mitigation is used according to the veterinarian’s recommendation.
- Some farmers actually use “polled” genetics to breed hornless cows!
We agree that proper care of animals is of utmost importance, and it is why we actively participate in the National Dairy FARM® program and that all of our dairy producers are required to be FARM® certified. The National Dairy FARM Program™ is a nationwide, verifiable animal well-being program that brings consistency and uniformity to on-farm animal care and production practices: www.nationaldairyfarm.com