Betsy Flores - Proactive Animal Well-being Initiatives

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Proactive Animal Well-being Initiatives - Betsy Flores, Director of Regulatory Affairs, National Milk Producers Federation, from the 2010 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit: Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?, April 28 - 29, 2010, Washington, DC, USA.

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Betsy Flores - Proactive Animal Well-being Initiatives

  1. 1. Betsy Flores Director of Regulatory Affairs
  2. 2. National Dairy FARM Program • • Directed by the National Milk Producers Federation, with support from Dairy Management, Inc. Nationwide, verifiable animal wellbeing program providing consistency and uniformity to best practices in animal care and quality assurance
  3. 3. National Dairy FARM Program • • • Introduced last year at the World Dairy Expo Developed by producers, veterinarians, and animal scientists Outreach to producers, co-ops, processors, retailers
  4. 4. National Dairy FARM Program • Bolster trust and confidence in the U.S. dairy industry and demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the highest levels of animal care and quality assurance – – – – Consumers Retailers Food Processors Restaurant chains
  5. 5. National Dairy FARM Program Three Step Approach • Education  • • Animal Care Manual, Quick Reference User Guide, Animal Care DVD On-Farm Evaluation Third-Party Verification Voluntary and available to all producers
  6. 6. National Dairy FARM Program
  7. 7. National Dairy FARM Program Abbreviated Table of Contents Chapter 1 – Introduction Chapter 2 – On-Farm Evaluations Chapter 3 – Management: SOP, Training, Record Keeping Chapter 4 – Newborn Chapters 5 – 8 Lifecycle from Weaning to Maturity  Nutrition  Animal Health  Environment and Facilities  Handling, Movement and Transportation Chapter 9 – Special-Needs Animals Chapter 10 – Dairy Beef Chapter 11 – Third-Party Verification
  8. 8. National Dairy FARM Program On-Farm Evaluations • Management checklists    • • Key on-farm practices for program Specific practices by chapter Sole basis for on-farm evaluation Checklists are the foundation for the Quick Reference User Guide On-farm evaluation at least once every three years
  9. 9. National Dairy FARM Program Third-party Verification • • • • Participating farms chosen through statistical sampling Designed to demonstrate the integrity of the program Provide statistically verified data confirming that proper animal care is the expectation Annual process
  10. 10. National Dairy FARM Program Program Timeline Late 2009  Program launch to industry, customers and consumers 2010  Evaluator training  On-farm evaluations 2011  Third-party verification
  11. 11. National Dairy FARM Program For more Information Betsy Flores BFlores@NMPF.org Jamie Jonker JJonker@nmpf.org (703) 243-6111

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