Cow Care

A guiding principle among Arps Dairy farmers is that happy, content cows give more milk, and better quality milk, than cows that are unhappy. So, much of what happens on Arps Dairy farms… from the physical layout of the farm to the milking cycle, from meal planning to housing design, from bedding arrangements to veterinary care, from noise-control to barn ventilation — is designed for cow comfort. Normal practice for maximizing animal welfare on Arps Dairy farms can be grouped into five essential categories:

Housing


Nutrition


Cow Health


Animal Handling, Movement and Transport


Farm Worker Education

In general, an Arps Dairy consumer can rest assured that the dairy in which they consume comes from local dairy farmers who practice the highest standards of animal care.  Not just because great cow care is the right thing to do for the animals; but because it’s also required by Arps Dairy in order to be an Arps Dairy supplier, and it’s also good business practice for our dairy farmers. It comes down to self-interest: their animals are their income, and happier cows make more and better milk; and more and better milk means bigger rewards for the dairy farmer. Thus, because Arps Dairy milk comes from local, relaxed, comfortable, happy and healthy cows, we have the best milk.  And because we have the best milk, we have the best dairy products.

 

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