Edge members honored with national awards for high-quality milk
Friday, February 8, 2019
Posted by: Lauren Brey, director of marketing and research
Four Edge member farms were recognized for their outstanding quality milk with National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) at the National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting on Feb. 1 in Savannah, Ga.
Out of 165 submitted applications, six farms were honored as as Platinum winners, 18 as Gold and 17 as Silver.
Two Edge members were Platinum winners:
- Cottonwood Dairy
- Jim Winn and Brian and Randy Larson
- South Wayne, Wis.
- United Dreams Dairy LLC
- Tim and Lisa Evert, Rick and Ronda Lehman, Jeff Evert and Michael Nieman
- North Freedom, Wis.
Two Edge members were Silver winners:
- Dinnerbell Farms LLC
- Dale, Ann, Adam and Elizabeth Grahl
- Eden, Wis.
- Wolf Farms LLC
- Tom and Debbie Wolf
- Bonduel, Wis.
Farms were nominated by industry professionals such as veterinarians, dairy plant field staff, extension specialists and Dairy Herd Improvement supervisors.
In addition to milk quality indicators including somatic cell count (SCC) and standard plate count (SPC), judges looked at specific details about each farm. This included 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.
Congratulations to these Edge members for a job well done!
Nominee information for the 2019 NDQA program will be available this summer at nmconline.org.