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Marshfield ARS named National Dairy Quality Award platinum winner

The Marshfield ARS dairy team. Photo by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman.

Marshfield Agricultural Research Station was among six dairy operations to be named 2018 National Dairy Quality Award platinum winners by the National Mastitis Council. The awards were presented during the 58th National Mastitis Council’s annual meeting, held Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 in Savannah, Georgia.

MARS’ Dennis Frank and Will Cordes traveled to Savannah, Georgia to receive the award, where they connected with CALS’ Doug Reinemann at the award ceremony. Photo by Amber Cordes.

Platinum winners represent an exemplary group of dairy producers. Farms are nominated by professionals who serve the dairy industry, such as dairy plant field staff, veterinarians, extension specialists and dairy herd improvement supervisors. Judges then select outstanding dairies based on quality milk production indicators, such as somatic cell count and bacteria count, along with milking routine, systems of monitoring udder health, treatment protocols and strategies for overall herd health and welfare.

For the 2018 award cycle, applications were submitted for 165 farms. In addition to the six platinum winners, there were 18 gold and 17 silver NDQA winners.

Read more about the awards here and here.