NDQA program is made possible by the following sponsors' commitment
to milk quality:
A global organization
for mastitis control
and milk quality
Dairy Quality Awards,
now in its 22nd 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,
Sires, 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 complimentary lodging at the
NMC 55th Annual Meeting, January 31 - February 2, 2016 in Glendale,
Arizona, where the quality award winners will be announced. The
January 10, 2016 issue of Hoard's Dairyman will have a feature
article on the NDQA winners.
Gold and Silver winners this year will also receive a complimentary,
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 September
read about the winners from previous years here:
more information, contact JoDee
Sattler, NDQA coordinator, 608-848-4615, ext 112.
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 2013 and 2014 will be eligible again in 2017).
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:
ONLINE NOMINATIONS ARE PREFERRED!
Complete the nomination form online.
[Use the printed form below to collect the information needed for the
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.]
deadline for submitting the intial screening form is September
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
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.]