July 8 2019 04:27 PM
The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.

It’s time to nominate the best of the best for National Mastitis Council’s National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) program. Annually, this program honors outstanding dairy producers from across the United States.

The NDQA program recognizes dairy producers who market milk with a low somatic cell count (SCC) and low standard plate count (SPC). Additionally, judges evaluate dairy producers’ systems of monitoring udder health, milking routine, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical cases, and strategies for overall herd health and welfare.

Nominations are now open at: www.nmconline.org/ndqa. The nomination deadline is August 30, 2019.

To nominate a dairy, submit this information:

  • herd size
  • rolling herd average
  • Dairy Herd Improvement testing
  • SCC and SPC yearly averages and high month average
  • bulk tank SCC and SPC testing frequency
  • clinical mastitis incidence
  • culling data and cow deaths

The nomination application can be found at: http://www.nmconline.org/2019-national-dairy-quality-awards-nomination-form.

From the nominations, judges will select finalists. These dairy producers complete a final application. From the finalists, judges name Platinum, Gold and Silver award winners. The Platinum winners receive national recognition, complimentary lodging and registration, and a travel stipend to attend the National Mastitis Council 59th Annual Meeting, Jan. 28-31, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, in Orlando, Florida.

If you have questions, contact JoDee Sattler (jdsattler@nmconline.org or 414-587-5839).