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 EmissionsThrough increased efficiency, California dairies have significantly reduced their carbon “hoofprint.”
Conserving ResourcesDairy families work to conserve our state’s precious natural resources, including water, soil, and energy.
Creating Renewable EnergyCalifornia dairy families are adding clean, renewable energy to the list of products they provide.
Protecting Water and Air QualityCalifornia dairy farms protect water and air quality by working closely with experts and regulatory agencies.
Promoting BiodiversityFor more than a decade, California dairy families have worked to preserve tricolored blackbirds.
Preserving Family & Community ValuesNinety-nine percent of California dairies are family owned and operated, with community interest at heart.
Practicing Responsible Animal CareCalifornia dairy families demonstrate commitment to animal care through a third-party verification program.
Collaborating to Overcome ChallengesDairy families attend educational workshops and work closely with researchers and regulatory agencies.
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.