Sustainability

It's the job of the dairy farmer to make nutritious food and also leave the world in a better place than when they found it.

People are asking questions about their food, where it comes from, and how it impacts the environment.

Our dairy farm families are committed to responsible production, which means a fresher product at your table and even more delicious dairy for generations to come.

Every type of food we eat has an environmental impact. Overall, food accounts for 10-30% of a U.S. household’s carbon footprint. Other aspects of lifestyle, including travel and housing, make up a larger percentage of an individual’s footprint.

In 2012, dairy farmers, brands, and partners across the food chain began working together to reduce their impact by 25% by the year 2020. In recent decades, improvements in animal breeding, animal health programs, cow comfort, and farm management practices have allowed dairy cows today to make more milk from the same quantity of resources (or the same amount of milk with fewer resources). Currently, dairy makes up approximately 2% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions. Also, dairy in the U.S. creates the lowest amount of greenhouse gases per gallon of milk compared to the rest of the world.

Explore below the ways dairy farmers are reducing their impact further. 

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Sustainability

  • cows eating
    What Cows Eat

    Because cows have four compartments in their stomach to digest food, they can eat and unlock energy and nutrients in foods we can’t eat and would otherwise go to waste.

    What Dairy Cows Eat
  • seeds sprouting
    Carbon Smart Dairy Farming

    Our soil effects the water, air, and food supply. Learn more about how dairy farms tackle climate change with our soil.

    Carbon Smart Dairy Farming
  • Manure Management

    One cow produces 17 gallons of manure per day so it's important to ensure it's taken care of properly. Learn more about how dairy farmers manage manure.

    Manure Management
  • rail city cow power sign
    Energy Use

    Farmers are stewards of the land and spend so much time caring extensively for their fields. Understand how dairy farms are energy efficient.

    Energy Use
  • Water Stewardship

    Water is the essence of life so making sure it's kept safe and clean is a serious job. Get an inside look at how dairy farmers use water responsibly.

    Water Stewardship
  • girl feeding cows
    Dairy FAQs

    Have more questions about dairy or dairy farming? Check out the FAQs to answer all your burning questions.

    Farm FAQs

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