A new set of Gold Standards were debuted by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) at World Dairy Expo.

DCHA’s Gold Standards are based on industry research and best management practices for raising dairy calves and heifers. The last revision to the Gold Standards was done in 2011.

“It is really an indication of our commitment to quality,” says Bob James, dairy science professor and nutrition specialist for Virginia Tech University.

It is important to have standards in place because of consumer perceptions when it comes to animal handling and welfare.

The Gold Standards booklet is available only to DCHA members. It is available to members in a digital form, as well.

“We're very proud of this document” says Sam Leadley, calf and heifer management specialist for Attica Veterinary Associates, Attica, N.Y.

Standards will continue to be updated as the industry changes and evolves.