In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were 16 Gold and 24 Silver NDQA winners (listed below). These farms were selected from 130 applications submitted for the 2017 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.
Don Beattie, Holton, Mich.
Greg Bingham, Weston, Idaho
Hans Breitenmoser, Merrill, Wis.
Ron Brooks, Waupaca, Wis.
Brad, Mark and Larry Crandall, Battle Creek, Mich.
Gordon Dick, McBain, Mich.
Brad and Debby Kartes, West Branch, Mich.
Jerry, Carolyn, Mike, Eric, Jenny, Jon and Brandy Leahy, Brandon, Wis.
Conrad, Lisa and Brian Liebergen, Greenleaf, Wis.
Jeff Orr and Paige Mier, Prescott, Mich.
David and Mark Miller, Millersburg, Ohio
Brian and Heather Richardson, Warren, Mass.
Brent Simon, Westphalia, Mich.
University of Connecticut Dairy, Storrs, Conn.
Ken, Duane, Anna and Laurie VanPolen, Marion, Mich.
Douglas Warner, Charlevoix, Mich.
Karl Bontrager, Wolcottville, Ind.
Michael Bosscher, McBain, Mich.
Norm and Mark Buning, Falmouth, Mich.
John Christian and Rhoda Chupp, Sugarcreek, Ohio
Terry and Paul Fritz, West Branch, Mich.
Dave, Don and Joanne Hall, Tomah, Wis.
Andy and Laura Hecht, Cumberland, Wis.
Robert L. Hecker, Sheldon, Wis.
Charles Hoellerer, Cincinnatus, N.Y.
Devin Johnston, Tillamook, Ore.
Harley and Marietta Lambright, LeRoy, Mich.
Ann Nelson, Lupton, Mich.
William Pirman, Skandia, Mich.
Melvin and Patricia Pittman, Plum City, Wis.
Jerry and Sharron Powers, Pentwater, Mich.
Mark and Bob Rau, West Branch, Mich.
Walter and William Selke, Dakota, Minn.
Allen and Aaron Slater, Holton, Mich.
Terry and Ryan Stinson, Dakota, Minn.
Ken and Carol Tebos, Falmouth, Mich.
Cortney VanOeffelen, Conklin, Mich.
Marco Verhaar, Bad Axe, Mich.
Robert and Kathy Waite, Middleburg, Pa.
James Winkler, Sterling, Ohio
NDQA judges considered many criteria when reviewing finalists’ applications. In addition to milk quality indicators, such as somatic cell count (SCC) and standard plate count (SPC), 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 year’s NDQA sponsors included Boehringer Ingelheim, GEA, Ecolab, IBA Inc., QualiTru Sampling Systems, Hoard's Dairyman and NMC. This summer, nominee information for the 2018 NDQA program will be available on the NMC website (www.nmconline.org) and in Hoard’s Dairyman magazine.
NMC is an international professional organization, based in Minnesota, devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.