NMPF Reaffirms Talk Docking Ban on Jan. 1, 2017

March 9, 2016 10:58 AM

The National Milk Producers Federation Board (NMPF) of Directors approved changes to its FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program Tuesday, including reaffirming a ban on tail docking that will go into effect January 1, 2017.

The tail docking ban, which has been moved up five years at the request of dairy retailers, has been the most controversial of the changes to be implemented. NMPF pushed the start date forward out of fear that individual food retailers would start implementing their own tail docking bans ahead of the original Jan. 1, 2022 date, creating market disruption and confusion among consumers.

Other revisions to take effect next year place greater emphasis on accountability of program participants, says Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO. Among them: Greater emphasis on employee training, having a documented Veterinarian-Client-Patient relationship for the administration and use of antibiotics, and updated protocols on non-ambulatory cattle and euthanasia. A summary of the changes can be found here.

“The core of the FARM Program is the concept of continuous improvement,” says Mulhern. “Not only do dairy farmers in the program work hard to evolve and improve their practices over time, but we work hard to ensure that the FARM Program guidelines reflect the more up-to-date scientific research and advice from our technical experts.”

Though the changes don’t go into effect until January 1, 2017, new resources and training materials will be available in April. For more information on the changes, go to www.nationaldairyfarm.com.

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Spell Check

Barbara Troester
Mifflinburg, PA
3/12/2016 07:28 PM

  First, of all how many retailers really know about tail docking and why it is done? I cannot believe you directors of National Milk Producers Federation falling for this BS. It seems the dairy farmer is the minority, except when regulations come into play. If tail docking is done properly, there is no pain or distress to the cow and the cow stays much cleaner than with a tail that is in the manure when the cow is lying in her stall. With the cow being cleaner and without manure on her body, flies are not a problem. What really frustrates me is that someone who has no or very little knowledge about dairy farming can tell us what we can and cannot do. What is coming down the road next??? All this scientific research and advice from these highly paid technical experts is not always the best and lacks common sense. I feel there is much more to be concerned about than a farmer docking his cows tails. We can import meat, and other food items from countries that have very little reglulations and that is A-OK. It is time to wake up and appreciate what the United States farmers are doing to put safe products on the shelves.

Batavia, NY
3/11/2016 07:38 AM

  What do you expect from a bunch of overpaid lobbyists? Maybe they need to get a real job and find out what it is to earn a living instead of sucking off of dairy farmers.

Montezuma, GA
3/11/2016 11:33 AM

  Just wondering,how is NMPF funded?I see a deduction on my milk check for National Dairy every month.Is this money going to them,and is there any way I can stop it , if it is?


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