Sustainability Analysis

EcoPractices Sustainability Analysis: On-Farm Practices Report


The Importance of Measuring Sustainability

Sustainability is important to everyone at McCarty Family Farms. And we’ve worked hard at improving. Yet we want to have data-based measurements so we know the degree to which various practices are contributing to sustainability. 

As a part of our role in The Dannon Pledge, we opened our doors to a one-of-a-kind, third-party analysis by EcoPractices to actually quantify the impact of our farms’ practices – the Sustainability Analysis On-Farm Practices Report.

In 2016, EcoPractices completed a benchmark analysis. Now, we are pleased to share with you the 2017 analysis executive summary, which compiles the data from all four of our farms (Rexford, Bird City and Scott City, KS; and Beaver City, NE). For a PDF of the executive summary, click here.

Quantifying the Impact of Actual Farm Practices

The benefits were determined through EcoPractices’ unique process that is able to pinpoint the influence of specific agricultural practices. While agricultural practices have progressed to better care for natural resources, the ability to quantify the influence these practices have on sustainability has not kept pace. The McCarty family seeks to put evidence-based measurements to its farm practices. Having such data brings more depth to decision-making. Short- and long-term goals can be based upon more meaningful information.

About McCarty Family Farms

More than 100 years ago, the McCarty family started and ended every day milking cows by hand in a small barn without electricity in northeast Pennsylvania. Four generations later, there are four dairies comprising McCarty Family Farms, three in Kansas and one in Nebraska. In 2012, the McCartys entered into a unique business partnership with the Dannon Company to directly supply milk to make Dannon yogurts, which allows McCartys to target their farm to meet the specific needs of a customer. This executive summary is a consolidation of findings for all four farm locations.

Farm Locations

Benefits from Animal Care


8,400 Dairy Cows

in production

9.9 Gallons

of milk produced per cow per day

Data Collection and Verification plus Statement of Accuracy completed and on file. This summary report is a collection of results from multiple Sustainability Analysis On-Farm Practices Reports. This summary must not be edited or altered in any way without the involvement and consent of EcoPractices.

* EcoPractices estimates an environmental impact value for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing soil erosion, and reducing nutrient loss due to reduced leaching. These estimates adhere to processes that are documented by the National Resource Conservation Service Technical Guides and publications from the Environmental Protection Agency. These environmental impact values are tailored to a specific location and participant’s operation or project. Models used are supported by USDA, NRCS, other government agencies, and major universities.