2014 Milk Quality Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Milk Quality Awards.
The Australian Milk Quality Awards recognize the lowest 5% of farms across Australia based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC).
A higher milk cell count generally occurs when mastitis is present in a dairy herd.
The popular annual Awards are based on BMCC data supplied to the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme by dairy companies across the country and to be eligible, dairy farms must have data for a minimum of 9 months in 2013.
Monthly averages are then used to calculate the annual average BMCC for each farm and the winners are the top 5% of farms with the lowest BMCC.
Many mastitis control stories are about solving or avoiding problems, but these Awards celebrate success for over 300 Australia dairy farmers and it is a great collaboration between all the dairy companies, Dairy Australia’s Countdown 2020 project, the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme and The Weekly Times.
In 2014 we have introduced a gold plaque award, replacing the certificates previously given out to farmers in the top 100. The gold plaque celebrates a significant achievement in delivering milk quality through the year.
Read some case studies of Australian Milk Quality Award 2014 winners from The Weekly Times: