California's family dairy farmers are world leaders in sustainable farming practices.

California dairy families are committed to doing what’s right, both on the farm and in their communities. To them, sustainability means caring for healthy animals and producing nutrient-rich dairy products, all while preserving and protecting our planet’s limited resources. To learn more, explore the topics below. 

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Through increased efficiency, California dairies have significantly reduced their carbon “hoofprint.”
Conserving Resources
Dairy families work to conserve our state’s precious natural resources, including water, soil, and energy.
Creating Renewable Energy
California dairy families are adding clean, renewable energy to the list of products they provide.
Protecting Water and Air Quality
California dairy farms protect water and air quality by working closely with experts and regulatory agencies.
Promoting Biodiversity
For more than a decade, California dairy families have worked to preserve tricolored blackbirds.
Preserving Family & Community Values
Ninety-nine percent of California dairies are family owned and operated, with community interest at heart.
Practicing Responsible Animal Care
California dairy families demonstrate commitment to animal care through a third-party verification program.
Collaborating to Overcome Challenges
Dairy families attend educational workshops and work closely with researchers and regulatory agencies.
Preparing for Future Generations
Dairy farming is a way of life. Families are dedicated to taking care of their cows, their land, and their heritage.
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The dairy community continues to research and utilize innovative technologies. Current research efforts include alternative manure management methods to further improve water quality. Learn more about the technologies currently utilized across California dairy farms.​

Dairy Cares

Dairy Cares is a statewide coalition with a mission to ensure the long-term sustainability of California’s dairy farm families.

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