Last fall, the FARM Program also updated its safe use manual for antibiotics and other animal drugs, the Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention manual. This manual allows farmers to quickly review antibiotics approved for use with dairy animals, and educates farm managers in how to avoid drug residues in milk and meat.
New in the manual is a section on multiple drug screening tests and an updated drug and test kit list. The manual includes a certificate that can be signed by both a producer and veterinarian to demonstrate commitment to proper antibiotic use.
For better or worse, society today expects and demands more information on how food is produced. Consumers care about how farm animals are raised, and they have expectations of us to clearly demonstrate, measure and communicate the care provided to farm animals.
“Trust us, we’ve got it covered” is no longer acceptable when the public asks about cow care. But the good news is the National Dairy FARM Program demonstrates that we do have it covered. FARM fulfills the need for a uniform national, verifiable dairy animal care program without punishing farmers or subjecting them to multiple private, individual programs. It’s a major step forward.
See It? Stop It! - Another major development in animal care came last year when NMPF, along with the Center for Food Integrity and the U.S. pork industry, launched “See It? Stop It! Animal Care Starts with You.”
From our board room: Animal welfare efforts described - This month, Dairy Herd Management asked Editorial Advisory Board members to describe their animal welfare philosophies, training and auditing programs.
Jim Mulhern is President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, Virginia. NMPF’s cooperatives members produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies.