Environmental Impact and Animal Safety

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of our operations while reducing our overall environmental impact. This means understanding that a good idea is a good idea – whether it comes from a plant worker or the CEO. It means taking a fresh look at the way we do things instead of slipping into a routine. And it means listening to our customers and our vendors and responding to their concerns quickly and transparently.

Walking the Walk

At every step of the production and delivery chain, we find ways to recycle a number of materials, lowering costs and helping the environment along the way. In fact, last year alone we recycled:

  • 1,383 tires
  • 6,669 batteries
  • 9,125 barrels
  • 39,932 gallons of oil
  • 145,056 wooden pallets

Caring for Our Cows

Without our dairy herds, we wouldn't exist. That’s why providing them with the finest care possible is in the best interest not only of our cows but also of Hiland Dairy. We go out of our way to make sure that each cow in our herds is treated humanely and has the best available medical care.

In addition, we continuously monitor the following:

  • Nutrition: All of our animals have access to a nutritionally adequate diet and clean, fresh water.
  • Animal Health: The health of our herds is maintained through preventive care programs, and augmented by rapid diagnosis and treatment when necessary.
  • Management: To promote animal care and wellness, our animal caretakers are adequately trained, follow protocols and have access to record systems to meet the requirements of their position.
  • Housing and Facilities: Our farmers’ facilities are designed, constructed and maintained to provide and promote animal health, comfort and safety.
  • Handling, Movement and Transportation: All of our animals are handled, moved and transported in a manner that reduces the risk of injury, discomfort and disease.

Hiland Dairy is a Member of FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management)

Taking the very best care of cows and the environment, producing safe, wholesome milk, and adhering to the highest standards of workforce development. Our dairy farmers place great importance on the care and welfare of the animals on their farms, participating in an on-farm evaluation program that employs best practices in the areas of animal care and wellness, environmental stewardship, employee training, and milk safety and quality.

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It starts with a simple step and before you know it, all of your efforts to reduce waste and environmental impact really add up.