December 14, 2017


Statement on Activist Video Release

Attributable to Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk Inc.:

"As we've said, we take these allegations extremely serious. We have zero tolerance for animal abuse and will make any improvements needed to ensure the health and well-being for all dairy cows. Southeast Milk, Inc. (SMI) continues to take corrective action including this week, holding mandatory management and animal care trainings for all SMI member owners.

We are working closely with our members to install or improve video surveillance on their dairies and have accelerated the adoption of the newest iteration of the National Dairy F.A.R.M. Program, which requires even more employee training on farms and stricter requirements for working with veterinarians, among other standards. These actions reaffirm our commitment to our customers and consumers that animal care is our top priority."