Do you know a producer who
deserves to be
recognized for
quality milk production?

The NDQA program is made possible by the following sponsors' commitment
to milk quality:

Major Sponsor

Contributing Sponsors

A global organization for mastitis control
and milk quality


The National Dairy Quality Awards, now in its 23rd year, recognizes the very best in quality milk production. The goal of the NDQA program is to honor dairy producers from across the United States who have successfully placed high priority on producing milk of the highest quality.

The National Mastitis Council, along with quality partners Merial, GEA Farm Technologies, Elanco, Ecolab, IBA Inc., and Hoard's Dairyman are sponsoring this year's awards.

Producers are nominated using a short questionnaire. Nominations need to be submitted by professionals who serve the dairy industry such as dairy plant field staff, veterinarians, extension specialists and DHI supervisors. The nominator must work with the dairy producer to complete the application.

The top applicants will be selected based on the data provided in the questionnaire. The finalists (and their nominators) will be asked to complete a more detailed application form used for final judging. Judges will evaluate the final applications for measures of milk quality, systems of monitoring udder health, milking routine, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical cases, treatment protocols and strategies for overall herd health and welfare.

The aim of the NDQA program is to recognize top quality milk producers of all sizes from all geographic regions of the country. Platinum, gold and silver winners will be designated (there will be several winners in each class).

Platinum award winners will receive national recognition, along with complimentary registration and lodging at the NMC 56th Annual Meeting, January 29-31, 2017 in St. Pete Beach, Fla., where the quality award winners will be announced. The January 10, 2017 issue of Hoard's Dairyman will have a feature article on the NDQA winners.

All Platinum, Gold and Silver winners will also receive a complimentary, one-year NMC membership.

Please be a part of this effort, and nominate deserving producers from your area (see below for information about the nomination process). The deadline for submitting nominations is Sept. 1, 2016.

You can read about the winners from previous years here:
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
2003 2002 2001 2000

For more information, contact JoDee Sattler, NDQA coordinator, 414-587-5839 or

Help the dairy industry honor its best producers!

Note: Dairy farms that have received a Platinum Award for two consecutive years will need to "sit out" two years before they are eligible again. (Meaning that producers who received Platinum recognition for 2014 and 2015 will be eligible again in 2018).

Nomination Process (Currently Closed)

The program is open to dairy producers in the United States. Producers are nominated using a one-page form. No additional records need to be submitted with this initial screening form (but will be required later for the finalists).

There are two options for completing nomination forms:


1) Complete the nomination form online.
[Use the printed form below to collect the information needed for the online form]

Download and print a nomination form to mail or fax to the NMC office by September 1. You can also use this form to collect the data required for online submissions.
[NOTE: Forms that are mailed or faxed in MUST BE NEAT AND LEGIBLE or they will be automatically disqualified.]

The deadline for submitting the intial screening form is September 1, 2016.

Judges will review the applications and select the top nominees, who will be asked to provide additional information on overall herd health and management practices. The final judging will be completed by late November.

[Dairy producers may not nominate themselves. Applications need to be submitted by professionals who serve the dairy industry, such as dairy plant field representatives, veterinarians, extension specialists, or DHI supervisors. The nominator must work with the dairy producer to complete this application.]

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