EcoPractices Sustainability Analysis: On-Farm Practices Report
You know how important sustainability of our environment, animals and community is 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.
So today, we’re sharing with you the benchmark 2016 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. The 2017 analysis is available here.
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.
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.
milk hauling trucks due to removal of water
protect susceptible species
native plants for biodiversity and pollinators
Environmental Benefits from Soil Practices
Because of the soil practices at all four McCarty Family’s Farms as well as neighboring fields that received manure fertilizer and/or sourced feed to the dairies during 2016, totaling almost 4,275 acres, significant environmental benefits resulted.