National Mastitis Council recognized the U.S. dairy industry’s “cream of the crop” for producing quality milk at its National Dairy Quality Awards program, held in conjunction with the NMC 62nd Annual Meeting, held in Atlanta and virtually.
Six dairies won a Platinum Award, including Dolph Dairy LLC (Don, Pat, Chet and Patty Dolph) of Lake Mills and Endres Berryridge Farms LLC (Jeff, Steve and Randy Endres) of Waunakee.
In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were 19 Gold and 19 Silver NDQA winners. These farms were selected from 66 applications submitted for the 2022 awards. Farms were nominated by professionals, such as dairy plant field staff, veterinarians, extension specialists and Dairy Herd Improvement supervisors, who serve the dairy industry.
Here’s a list of the Wisconsin winners:
Dorner Farms (Cory and Maria Dorner) of Luxemburg
Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy (Dave and Stacy Jauquet) of Luxemburg
Maly Farms (Butch and Ron Maly, and Alicia Sippl) of Bryant
Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. (Mike and Sue Clark, Jon and Heidi Fischer) of Hatley
Maple Leaf Acres Inc. (Loren Hanson) of Elk Mound
F W Rahn and Sons (Travis Rahn) of Eden
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, prevention and treatment programs, strategies for overall herd health and welfare, and adherence to drug use and record keeping regulations.
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