Dairy farming is a way of life. Families are dedicated to taking care of their cows, land, and heritage.
Like many Americans, dairy families began as immigrants, arriving in the Golden State with little more than hopes, dreams, and a willingness to work hard. Dairy farms continue to provide high-quality, highly-nutritious dairy products for millions of families and hundreds of thousands of jobs for Californians. As they remember their heritage of hard work, love for the land, and caring for their animals—all elements of their success today—dairy families are also looking to the future. For the sake of future generations, dairy families continue to support and develop sustainable practices, so that California residents can continue to enjoy the benefits of a vibrant and sustainable dairy community for generations to come.
My dad taught us how important it is to do it right.
- DANTE MIGLIAZZO, ATWATER, CA
The environment comes first.
All new dairy projects (and expansions of existing farms) must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the most comprehensive environmental law in the nation. Proposed projects are evaluated for all potential environmental impacts before project approval. This ensures California dairy projects are environmentally sustainable before a single cow is milked.
Dairy families are making milestones.
Dairy families understand—and take seriously—their important responsibility to be good stewards of the land, natural resources, and animals in their care. Conservation, preservation, re-use, and recycling are fundamental values among dairy farm families, many of whom have operated on the same land for generations in increasingly sustainable ways. Learn more about milestones in sustainability.
The next generation is already doing their part.
Children who grow up on dairy farms learn to start their days early, completing their chores before eating breakfast. Dairy families are dedicated to taking care of their cows, their land, and their heritage. Meet the next generation of Real California Dairy Farmers.