The National Mastitis Council is now taking nominations for its annual National Dairy Quality Award. The program recognizes U.S. dairy producers who market milk with a low somatic cell count and low standard plate count. Additionally, judges evaluate 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, including veterinarians, extension agents, plant and co-op field staff, and consultants, are encouraged to nominate dairy producers. To nominate a dairy producer, complete the online nomination form found at: www.nmconline.org/ndqa. Dairy producers cannot nominate themselves or their peers.
Milk quality numbers are based on the 12-month period between June 2019 and May 2020. The finalists, along with their nominator, will then complete a more detailed final application.
The Platinum winners receive national recognition and complimentary lodging, registration and a travel stipend to the National Mastitis Council annual meeting next January in Dallas.
Nominations are being accepted through August 31.
Source: National Mastitis Council