Nominations are open for National Mastitis Council’s (NMC) prestigious National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) program. The nomination deadline is Aug. 30.
Coordinated by NMC, the NDQA program annually recognizes U.S. dairy producers who market milk with a low somatic cell count (SCC) and low standard plate count (SPC). Additionally, judges evaluate dairy producers’ systems of monitoring udder health, milking routine, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical cases, and strategies for overall herd health and welfare.
The nomination form requires information regarding herd size, rolling herd average, Dairy Herd Improvement testing, SCC and SPC averages, bulk tank SCC and SPC testing frequency, clinical mastitis incidence, culling data and cow deaths. Milk quality numbers are based on the 12-month period – June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019.
This year’s NDQA sponsors include Boehringer Ingelheim, GEA, Ecolab, IBA Inc., Conewango, milc group, Hoard’s Dairyman and National Mastitis Council.
NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has about 1,000 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world.