For Robert L. Foster, ensuring sustainability is all about the small steps. For decades, his operation has implemented several environmental projects that have created a culture of continuous improvement on his farm in Vermont, and have won it countless awards for milk quality, environmental efforts and quality compost.
National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program raises the bar for the entire dairy industry – creating a culture of continuous improvement. The FARM Program is comprised of dairy farmers, cooperatives and processors across the United States holding our members to rigorous guidelines for animal care, environmental and antibiotic stewardship that ensure the utmost quality on our nation’s dairy farms.
The safety and wholesomeness of milk starts at the farm. By following strict guidelines related to treating sick animals, all dairy consumers can feel confident that they are consuming the safest and most nutritious products for themselves and their families.
Dairy farmers work and live in the same community as each of us. That’s why it is critically important for farmers to do their part in protecting the environment today and for the future. FARM Environmental Stewardship identifies areas for farms to look to in order to improve their environmental footprint.
Healthy, comfortable, well-cared for cows are of utmost importance to dairy farmers. The FARM Animal Care Program sets the highest standards for farmers and their entire management team, including veterinarians, nutritionists, and hoof trimmers, to ensure the best care for their cows every day.
It’s easy to see what’s important to the Hoffmans: cows and family.
“Family is pretty much the reason we are here,” said daughter Tricia.
Pictured: Jordan Matthews, Tim Strobel, Lloyd Holterman and Daphne Holterman
“Let the cow be a cow,” says Lloyd Holterman. It’s a mantra that drives his operation, Rosy Lane Holsteins LLC, to raise healthier, happier and longer-living animals.
First, some background. How long have you been involved in the agriculture – and specifically dairy—industry?
In his role working with dairy producers for the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, Fabian Bernal can confidently say that animal care and farming practices are better than ever before.
“We have learned a lot from farmers and their cows, and we’re improving the care that cows receive as a result.”