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.
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.