The dairy industry is celebrating the success of top performing dairy farmers producing high quality milk while boosting their on-farm profitability.
The Australian Milk Quality Awards recognise farms that have achieved the best milk quality in Australia based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC) across Australia’s milk processing companies.
Dairy Australia’s Kathryn Davis said the on-farm management of milk quality is key to ensuring the competitiveness of Australian dairy in the marketplace.
Every year the Australian Milk Quality Awards celebrates the great job being done by dairy farmers up and down the country to keep milk quality at a consistently high standard (Ms Davis)
“A low cell count is an indicator that mastitis is well controlled in the herd, improving milk production, cow health and welfare. Farmers achieving a low cell count are also financially rewarded with a premium for their milk and significant cost savings on mastitis treatments and labour” said Ms Davis.
WA had 5 farms in the top 100 suppliers across the nation with the lowest aggregate BMCC:
- Matt and Angela Brett, Dardanup
- Luke and Vicki Fitzpatrick, Waroona
- Craig and John Foster, Wilyabrup
- WA College of Agriculture (Denmark)
- Ben and Caroline Letchford, Busselton
Further, there were 14 herds that were listed with bulk milk cell counts in the lowest 5% in Australia of which includes the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.
College Principal, Kevin Osborne, said “This is a terrific recognition of the great work being undertaken in the College’s Robotic Dairy Enterprise with our Dairy Manager, Terry DeVos and Technical Officer – Agricultural Education, Patrick Swallow.”
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Further Contact: Kevin Osborne, Principal, 0428 480 204