Gilde Farms LLC of Lake City, Michigan were named Michigan Milk Producers Association’s (MMPA) Top Quality Award Winners at MMPA’s annual meeting in Lansing on March 15, 2018. The Gildes were featured in the May issue of MMPA’s member publication, the Michigan Milk Messenger.
The Gilde family run a 220-cow dairy that obtained the highest quality records in 2017 among the nearly 1,100 farms belonging to MMPA. To qualify, a producer must meet MMPA’s quality premium requirements for an entire year.
“In order to meet MMPA quality premium levels each and every month of the year, everyone on the farm must be on board. This level of commitment shows the pride the owners, managers and employees of Gilde Farms LLC have in the business and industry,” says Deb Gingrich, MMPA member representative.
Since 1990, MMPA has recognized the farm that produces the highest quality milk for the year. The Gilde Family makes cow comfort and closely monitoring animal health a priority to continue to produce high quality milk. They utilize technology such as video cameras in the barns and milk metering systems to better manage their resources and time to benefit the cows. They have always taken extreme personal pride in producing high quality milk.
MMPA—established in 1916—is a member owned and operated dairy cooperative serving approximately 1,100 dairy farms in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.