Pete and John Kappelman of Meadow Brook Farms, Manitowoc, were one of six farms in the nation honored with a platinum National Dairy Quality Award at a recent meeting of the National Mastitis Council in Verona. Pete Kappelman is a member and past chair of the CALS Board of Visitors.
The NDQA program’s purpose is to recognize dairy producers across the United States who successfully placed a high priority on producing quality milk.
The farm, with 440 cows, has the largest herd among the platinum winners. The platinum award winners’ somatic cell counts averaged 75,000 and bacteria counts averaged 1,400 over a 12-month period. A somatic cell count is one measure of the quality of milk.
Judges also evaluated the finalists’ milking routine, systems for monitoring udder health and milk quality, protocols for detecting and treating mastitis, record keeping, adherence to regulatory requirements, and overall herd health and animal well-being strategies.