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Caring for Idaho’s Cows

Idaho’s Dairy Farmers are committed to providing the best care for their cows. Proper animal care leads to the production of high-quality milk for you and your family.

Nutritious diets, healthy living conditions and good medical care are all essential for a healthy herd. Idaho’s dairy farm families are committed to responsible and ethical animal treatment. The dairy industry has in place a number of initiatives that demonstrate the commitment to animal well-being. In 2009, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program was launched. FARM is a nationwide, verifiable animal well-being program that demonstrates U.S. milk producers are committed to the highest quality standards.

Animal scientists and dairy farmers continually explore ways to improve the comfort of dairy cows. Typical practices on modern farms include: