100% of DFA family farms participate in our gold standard dairy program to affirm their commitment to animal care, milk quality, land and environmental stewardships and workforce development.
DFA’s Gold Standard Dairy Program, our on-farm evaluation program, takes place every three years. Critical information is collected related to animal care and wellness, water use and conservation, soil management, workforce development practices, wildlife and natural habitat conservation and energy efficiency, to name a few. Participation in the Gold Standard Dairy also includes participation in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program, which are the industry-leading animal care standards. FARM is a science-based industry standard, internationally recognized and compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) — one of the first livestock animal care programs in the world to gain this recognition.