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.

DFA's Gold Standard Dairy Program

Hiland Dairy Foods Company is a proud member of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)and DFA’s Gold Standard Dairy Program, designed to provide on-farm best-practices evaluations to assess operations in the following areas:

  • Animal care and wellness
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Employee training
  • Milk safety and quality

Started in 2007, DFA's Gold Standard Dairy Program was one of the first of its type in the industry. The program assesses, analyzes and provides feedback regarding on-farm practices; encourages continuous improvement; and recognizes farmers’ achievements. As part of the program, the DFA places strong emphasis on follow‐up and continuous improvement actions that can be taken post‐evaluation.

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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.