We are honored to win the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s most prestigious award for sustainability achievements. Read more about this important milestone, and watch a newly released video about how our conservation efforts are making a difference.
The People of McCarty Family Farms
Tom and Judy McCarty moved to the plains of Kansas to allow their four sons, Mike, Clay, David and Ken, to fulfill their dairy farming destiny. The extended family now includes more than 100 co-workers and the surrounding communities.
Wholesome Dairy Foods from Our Farm for Your Family
One hundred years ago, our family started and ended every day milking cows by hand in a small barn without electricity in northeast Pennsylvania. Four generations later, we’re at home here, in western Kansas. Much has stayed the same since 1914–our commitment to cows, people and the land.
Yet much has changed to take better care of our cows and natural resources. And, to bring even better dairy foods to your table. For example, we work with the top experts in animal nutrition and well-being. Taking care of our cows is our highest priority. In fact, three of our dairy farms have received certification by VALIDUS, an independent firm with the most stringent requirements for socially responsible, scientifically based, economically viable and long-term solutions for dairy animal care. In addition, key people at each of our dairies are certified in the Beef Quality Assurance program.
How milk goes from our farm to your store is also improving. Since the Spring of 2012, all milk from our three Kansas dairies, and now our Beaver City, Neb. dairy, goes directly to our state-of-the-art milk processing plant located next to the Rexford milking parlor. This processing plant helps us conserve natural resources such as water, and reduce the amount of transportation needed. From our processing plant, milk goes to The Dannon Company where yogurt and other delicious dairy foods are made.
Our Local Community
Local businesses provide everything from animal feed to fiber optics. The area school districts have more students. Neighboring farmers sell their crops to the farm and fertilize their fields with manure from the cows.
As a family and organization, McCarty Family Farms, LLC, strives to create wholesome products in a sustainable manner. Using best management practices, our farm works to achieve the utmost in animal welfare, environmental stewardship, sustainable communities, and the creation of a safe, rewarding work environment.
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INNOVATIONS CREATE OPPORTUNITIES
Milestones for McCarty Family Farms
1914 – Our family begins milking cows in Pennsylvania
1999 – Tom and Judy buy a wheat farm near Rexford, KS
2000 – Our family begins milking cows in Rexford
2007 – Community of Bird City, KS, asks our family to consider building another dairy
2008 – Our family begins milking cows at new Bird City Dairy
2009 – We built a new area especially for young cows
2010 – The Dannon Company and our family begin discussions which lead to a collaboration
2011 – Our family begins milking cows at Scott City Dairy and begins building processing plant at the Rexford Dairy
2012 – The first shipment is sent from our processing plant to Dannon
– All of our farms earned animal welfare certification by Validus
2013 – Our family is named the 2013 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year
– All of our farms earned an environmental review certification by Validus
– Our family is honored to receive Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability honorable mention
2014 – Dannon Creamy® lowfat yogurt is available at select Sam’s Club locations
– Our family is honored to win the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®
– The three Kansas farms are named Validus Certified Responsible Producers – only one other farm in the U.S. had accomplished this. Consumers who see the Validus Certified Responsible Producer seal are assured that the farm earned certification in each area offered by Validus: Animal Welfare Review, Environmental Review and On-Farm Security Review.
– Our family adds a fourth dairy – the Beaver City Dairy – to McCarty Family Farms
Number of farms: 4
Number of farms earning Validus Animal Welfare, Environmental and On-Farm Security Review: 3 (we’ll be pursuing this for new Beaver City Dairy soon!)
Cows milked every day: approximately 8,500
Amount of milk from the cows daily: approximately 76,500 gallons
Amount of water reclaimed daily from condensing milk: 45,000 gallons/day
Reduction in number of trucks required to ship milk: 75%
Number of employees: approximately 125
Houses refurbished and available for employees: 77
Number of man-hours required to build the processing plant: 50,000
Consecutive days of OSHA recordable injury-free in the plant: 940+