The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program today released its Animal Care Version 5.0 Stakeholder Survey. This survey will give dairy farmers, industry stakeholders, and partners an opportunity to provide early input on topics, issues, and potential changes they would like considered for Version 5.0.
“The FARM Program is committed to ensuring any updates or changes made in Version 5.0 reflect the needs and goals of farmers, veterinarians, cooperatives, processors, and others who work every day to provide assurances to the dairy supply chain,” said Karen Jordan, DVM, dairy farmer and chair of the Animal Care Task Force and NMPF Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee. “This survey is just one of the tools we hope can capture an accurate representation of all of those voices ahead of Version 5.0 revisions beginning.”
FARM will use the input from this survey and work with the FARM Farmer Advisory Council, the Animal Care Task Force, the NMPF Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee, and the NMPF Board of Directors to review Version 4.0 of the program and design updates and improvements for Version 5.0, which would come into effect July 1, 2024.
Survey information will be used to inform decisions, although no decisions will be made solely from the responses, which are anonymous. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open to any stakeholders wishing to lend their expertise to the FARM Animal Care Program update.