What We Believe

Caring For Cows

Cows make everything we do at fairlife possible, which is why we are dedicated to their care and comfort. We require our suppliers to provide humane and compassionate treatment to their animals.

Our goal is to continue to raise the bar on our supplying farms so that we are constantly pursuing the best for the cows that supply us with milk.

 

Our Animal Welfare Commitments

  • Zero Tolerance

    All of our supplying dairy farms have committed to zero tolerance for animal abuse. Violation means termination, and when appropriate, prosecution.

  • Independent Audits

    Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit, LLC recently completed third-party audits of 100% of our supplying dairy farms.

    Every farm in our supply chain is subject to unannounced audits.

  • Meaningful Measurement

    We consistently collect data on the cows’ somatic cell and standard plate counts, which are excellent indicators of good animal health.

  • Training

    Every one of our supplying dairy farms requires employees to complete training in keeping with FARM standards on best animal care practices.

  • Outside Expertise

    To keep up with dairy industry advancements and to innovate, we are establishing an advisory council of independent experts who specialize in veterinary health sciences, animal well-being, workforce improvement, ethical farming practices and on-farm innovation.

Latest Updates

 

 

Initial Dairy Farm Audits Complete as of July 19, 2019

As part of fairlife’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, and to ensure our supplying dairies are in compliance with the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) animal care program, we recently completed third-party audits of 100% of our supplying dairy farms. These audits were conducted by Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit, LLC (FSNS C&A).

FSNS C&A evaluated all farms and did not report evidence of any animal cruelty or abuse. FSNS C&A reports included these specific findings:

  • Zero Tolerance Policies: The auditors verified that all of the farms’ employees have committed to our zero tolerance policy on animal abuse. Violation of this policy results in termination of any employee who has abused an animal on one occasion and, if appropriate, leads to an investigation by law enforcement.
  • Animal Welfare Training: Documentation of employee training for specific animal care best practices was found at each farm.
  • Body Condition Score: Animals were evaluated and found to have appropriate body size and were not emaciated.
  • Locomotion: Animal movement was observed, and mobility scores met or exceeded targets of the FARM program.
  • Hock/Knee Lesions: Animals were found to have minimal lesions or disturbances, findings which are consistent with proper bedding.

In addition to audit results, we consistently measure somatic cell and standard plate counts. Our supplying farms consistently deliver low counts, which are key indicators of good animal health and are consistent with best practice protocols for animal management developed with veterinarians.

While pleased with the audit results, we believe in better. Therefore, we commit to constantly push ourselves towards continuous improvement. The completion of this phase lays a critical foundation for our ongoing work to attain the highest levels of transparency, sustainability, and animal well-being.