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.

We’re just a few days away from the National Mastitis Council’s National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) nomination deadline of August 31. Have you nominated a worthy dairy producer(s) for this award yet?

The NDQA program recognizes U.S. 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.

Dairy industry professionals are encouraged to nominate dairy herds that exemplify milk quality excellence. To nominate a dairy producer, go to: and complete the online nomination form.

The nomination form asks for:

  • Herd size
  • Rolling herd average (milk, fat and protein)
  • DHI testing
  • SCC and SPC averages
  • SCC and SPC high monthly averages
  • SPC testing frequency
  • Clinical mastitis incidence
  • Culling data
  • Cow deaths

Milk quality numbers are based on the 12-month period – June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, contact JoDee Sattler at: or (414) 587-5839.