The National Mastitis Council recognized the U.S. dairy industry’s “cream of the crop” when it comes to producing quality milk at an awards luncheon held recently in conjunction with the NMC 59th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Recognized for outstanding quality milk production through NMC’s National Dairy Quality Awards program, the Platinum winners are:
- Wilson Centennial Farm LLC. Brent, Nancy, Tyler and Ben Wilson of Carson City, Mich.
- Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. David, Susan, Jon and Heidi Fischer of Hatley, Wis.
- RKB Dairy. Randy, Kathleen and Glen Bauer of Faribault, Minn.
- Windmill Dairy. Jon Doornenbal of Middleton, Idaho
- Evergreen Dairy Farm LLC. Kris Wardin of Saint Johns, Mich.
- Maple Ridge Dairy. Brian Forrest and Ken and Phil Hein of Stratford, Wis.
In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were 18 Gold and 14 Silver NDQA winners. These farms were selected from 82 applications submitted for the 2020 awards. Farms were nominated by professionals who serve the dairy industry, such as dairy plant field staff, veterinarians, Extension specialists and Dairy Herd Improvement supervisors. The Gold winners from Wisconsin are:
- Dorner Farms. Cory and Maria Dorner of Luxemburg
- Gold Star Dairy Farm. Deb Reinhart, Dave Geiser and Manuel Valenzuela of New Holstein
- Kaufman Farms LLC. Harold, Patricia and Benjamin Kaufman of Porterfield
- Kleinhans Dairy Farm. Michael Kleinhans of Kiel
NDQA judges considered many criteria when reviewing finalists’ applications. In addition to milk quality indicators such as somatic cell count and standard plate count, judges looked at specific details about each operation, including milking routine, cow comfort, udder health monitoring programs, treatment and prevention programs, strategies for overall herd health and welfare, and adherence to drug use and record-keeping regulations.
This summer, nominee information for the 2020 NDQA program will be available on the NMC website.