Stewardship In Action: Cow Care
Exceptional cow care is a job thatʼs never done
Keeping cows comfortable and healthy reflects a shared commitment by all 80 farmer-owners of Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) alongside all the dairy farmer partners that supply milk for Tillamook products. We come through for cows by adhering to higher standards of care.
Providing exceptional cow care means we’re constantly evaluating and evolving our guidelines. Analyzing and applying new data. Using new tools and science. And continually examining what cow care should look like for our industry and the animals under our care.
I took an oath as a veterinarian.
Since then, I have put animal well-being at the center of my job and our philosophy here.
A HIGHER STANDARD OF CARE
Cow care continues to change with new data, information and technology. Today our fans and customers expect us to put our hearts — along with these latest advancements — to work for the animals we care for. And that’s an evolving challenge we embrace.
Part of that evolution means continuing to implement the latest and more rigorous Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) 4.0 standards across our farmer- owner dairies and supplier facilities. FARM works with dairy owners to ensure public trust by setting industry- leading animal welfare standards, and the program revises those standards every three years to reflect new science and advanced methods.
Next Level Protocols
Accountability in how we care
At TCCA, meeting these new standards takes holding all 80 of our farmer-owners accountable with three different evaluations conducted by Kate Lott and the Farm Services Team. As a member of the National Milk Producers Federation FARM Animal Care Committee, Kate understands the advances in cow care required to keep up with higher standards — and she works directly with our farmer-owners to implement them. Kate conducts thorough FARM evaluations herself. Each dairy also undergoes a TCCA Farm Facility Evaluation, along with a third- party evaluation by NSF International. TCCA gives every farmer-owner a report that reflects their farm facility and operation’s performance, required steps to improve both and 60 days to implement corrective actions.
100% of all milk used in Tillamook products came from suppliers who adhere to FARM, the industry-leading animal care standards.
Meet the experts caring for our cows
Every member of our Farm Services Team works one-on-one with our farmer-owners and milk suppliers. Whether they’re troubleshooting a mechanical issue, providing nutrition advice or helping implement new cow care standards, this group of highly trained and deeply experienced cow care and dairy farm experts makes sure cows stay healthy and comfortable. It’s a highly personalized approach — and one that’s unique to TCCA.