Animal Health Issues

Current News and Highlights for Animal Health

National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program Findings Demonstrate Widespread Adherence to Guidelines


A 2013 report about the National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program found that overall, its subscribers are doing a thorough job of adhering to its multi-faceted approach to comprehensive dairy animal well-being.

Voluntary, and open to all producers in the United States, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) is a national set of guidelines designed to demonstrate dairy farmers’ commitment to outstanding animal care and a quality milk supply. Cooperatives, proprietary milk processors, and individual dairy producers are using the program to assure consumers that the food they purchase is produced with integrity.

Participating producers are provided comprehensive training materials and undergo an on-farm evaluation conducted by a trained veterinarian, extension educator, co-op field staff member, or other FARM-trained professional.


2014 Antibiotic Residue Prevention Manual Now Available to Dairy Producers


The National Dairy FARM ProgramTM has released a revised version of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual for 2014.

The Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is a concise review of appropriate antibiotic use in dairy animals. The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool for farm managers as they develop their on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.

Click here to participate in FARM.

Download the 2014 residue prevention manual.
















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