December 13, 2017


Statement on Activist Video Release

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

“Southeast Milk, Inc. (SMI) has conducted comprehensive and independent third-party audits on the Larson dairy farm, and we are cooperating fully with both national and local law enforcement authorities. As announced last month, SMI has begun to implement comprehensive remedial management trainings on employee supervision, as well as cow and calf care, and is encouraging its members to implement and strengthen video surveillance on their farms.

We are also working with The National Dairy FARM Program to accelerate adoption of its newest iteration, Version 3.0, on every SMI member farm over the next six months. This version of the program requires documented training of workers on animal care throughout every stage of a cow’s life, stricter requirements for working with veterinarians, and mandatory corrective action for farms not meeting the standards.

Working with industry experts, this week I am personally leading mandatory training sessions for all our member owners or operators across all states where SMI has farms. Animal abuse is never tolerated, and rather than speculate about what may have happened in the past, as ARM did today during its press conference, we instead are fully focused on moving forward with a renewed commitment to animal care and employee management and training.”