Jacob and Elaine Jahfetson and family of Baraga, Michigan were named Michigan Milk Producers Association's (MMPA) Top Quality Award Winners for the third consecutive year at MMPA's annual meeting in Lansing on March 24, 2016.
The Jahfetsons run a 24-cow dairy that obtained the highest quality records in 2013, 2014 and 2015 among the nearly 1,200 farms belonging to MMPA. To qualify, a producer must meet MMPA's quality premium requirements for an entire year.
"The member who receives the Top Quality Award is an inspiration to all MMPA members. If one member can do it, it shows what is possible for others to achieve," MMPA Director of Member Services Dean Letter said. "The Jahfetsons are an excellent example of quality producers and continual improvement. The family pays incredibly close attention to every detail, they know exactly what their cows are doing and address any problems immediately."
Since 1990, MMPA has recognized the farm that produces the highest quality milk for the year. The Jahfestons' have received MMPA quality awards for the past 15 years and are a testament to the power of a long-term commitment to milk quality. Their persistent attention to cow cleanliness, cow comfort and a detailed, correct, consistent milking procedure helped them achieve the prestigious award.
Read more about the Jahfetsons in the April issue of the Milk Messenger.
MMPA-established in 1916-is a member owned and operated dairy cooperative serving approximately 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.