The 2002 Weekly Times Countdown Downunder Milk Quality Awards
The Awards recognise the lowest 5% of farms across Australia based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC).
The Awards are based on BMCC data supplied to the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme by all dairy companies across Australia. To be eligible, farms must have data for a minimum of 9 months in 2001. Monthly averages are used to calculate the annual BMCC for each farm.
All farms are then ranked nationally and the winners are the 5% of farms with the lowest BMCC in Australia.
Many mastitis control stories are about solving or avoiding problems, but these Awards enable us to celebrate success for over 500 farmers. It is a great collaboration between all the dairy companies, Countdown, the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme and The Weekly Times.
The winning farms receive a metal plaque for their gates and those in the top 100 also receive a certificate of recognition.
The winners were announced by region in The Weekly Times in May and June.