The National Dairy FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) was created to "demonstrate and verify that U.S. milk producers are committed to providing the highest standards of animal care and quality assurance."
It's a third party verification program where a rep comes to your farm and checks on your operation and animals.
Two reps came to our farm today to start the process of getting our farm FARM verified. They went through eight pages of questions on everything from sanitation to locomotion. The reps also evaluated the different groups of cattle and scored them. (Similar to a beauty pageant, but definitely different categories.)
The rep joked that they didn't need to see all the groups because they were all basically the same - no problems. A joke I'll always like.
We're awaiting our certification while the cows battle it out for Miss Congeniality.