Validus Dairy Animal Welfare Review
The Dairy Animal Welfare Review Program includes a comprehensive audit and assessment of a farm’s animal care practices and provides corrective steps/corrective action.
The review program is performed on-farm by Validus auditors who are trained based on ISO standards. Auditors are required to participate in ongoing, comprehensive training and re-certification on an annual basis.
USDA Process Verified
The Dairy Animal Welfare Review Program has been approved as a USDA Process Verified Program. This program designation is designed to assure customers of a consistent, quality product or service through independent, third-party audits. The USDA Process Verified Program uses ISO 9000 type standards for evaluating quality management systems for their approved programs. To qualify, a company must submit a documented quality management system and successfully pass extensive onsite audits and customer interviews. The Dairy Animal Welfare Review Program is USDA Process Verified in the following areas: Assessment, Audit and Data System. For more information on USDA Process Verified, visit http://processverified.usda.gov
Dairy Animal Welfare Review Process
The program begins with a comprehensive assessment and audit of the farm’s animal care practices. The audit includes:
Step 1: Entrance Interview with Owner/Manager
Step 2: On-site Audit
Step 3: Exit Interview with Owner/Manager
Step 4: Written Audit Report and Certificate
The auditor records observations of the operation’s animal handling, care and appearance. Specific areas reviewed include:
- Animal handling practices
- Body condition
- Feed and water access and quality
- Herd health
- Animal hygiene
- Care and management of special needs animals
- Parlor management
- Animal behavior
- Management and employee training and interviews
Dairy Animal Welfare Review Certification
The Dairy Animal Welfare Review Audit is available to all farmers seeking certification. The audit is recommended to farmers who are required to provide suppliers, and/or choose to give customers, independent verification of their animal care practices. Upon certification, farmers receive a certificate and farm gate sign for their use.
Validus Expert Committees
The Validus Animal Welfare Certification programs were developed by independent industry experts. Click here to meet the members of the Validus Expert and Advisory Committees.
Validus Certified Farms and Products
Learn more about the products and farmers awarded the Validus Animal Welfare Review by clicking here