At McCarty Family Farms, Secretary Rodman said animal care and well-being is a top priority. Staff at each of the locations has completed the Dairy and Beef Quality Assurance certifications. The McCarty dairies are among the fewer than 20 dairies in the country that have completed the Validus Animal Welfare Review Certification, an intensive animal welfare training program that was developed by dairy experts and is regularly reviewed by world renowned animal welfare expert Temple Grandin.
"By receiving certification for these science-based, industry-led animal care and handling guidelines, the McCarty's have demonstrated a true commitment to not only providing their animals with the highest quality of care but also to basing their production practices on the latest science," Secretary Rodman said.
Secretary Rodman said the McCartys have made significant investment to become more efficient but have also made investments in their more than 100 employees and in their communities. McCarty Family Farms has put a priority on making long-term hires, focusing on hiring individuals with families and providing them with dynamic benefits, including competitive wages and health benefits, paid vacations, opportunities for bonuses, flexible work hours and a generous housing package.
"By making it a priority to invest in their employees, the McCarty dairies have created happier, healthier work and home environments for their employees, who in turn, generate economic growth in their local economies," Rodman said. "Expansion of the McCarty dairies has also led to increased enrollment in schools, small business expansion and regional economic growth. The McCarty model to build environmentally responsible, socially sustainable, economically thriving rural communities can be a model for other dairy farms in Kansas and across the nation."