NDQA program is made possible by the following sponsors' commitment
to milk quality:
A global organization
for mastitis control
and milk quality
The National Dairy
now in its 21st 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.
NMC, along with quality
GEA Farm Technologies,
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 54th
Annual Meeting, February 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee, where the
quality award winners will be announced. The January 10, 2015 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,
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 1,
You can read
about the winners from previous years here:
information, contact JoDee
Sattler, NDQA coordinator, 608-848-4615, ext 112.
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 2012 and
2013 will be eligible again in 2016).
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 2. 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.]
for submitting the intial screening form is September 2, 2014.
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.]