Congratulations to the following South Australian dairy farmers who have been recognised in Dairy Australia’s 2023 Milk Quality Awards.

Since 2002, the Milk Quality Awards have celebrated farmers who have produced the country’s best milk, based on Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) data provided by processors each financial year.

GOLD: the top 100 dairy farms in Australia based on BMCC

  • TC Bruhn & AC Giles
  • CJ & CE Dale
  • DO & KM Hunter

SILVER: supplying milk with the lowest 5% BMCC in Australia

  • Alta Vista Enterprises (C&B Rowntree)
  • B & A Tweddle
  • Edmonds Transport P/L
  • Mundoolun Dairying P/L
  • GE & SD Owen
  • S & I Pacitti
  • HJ Pocock, KR Pocock & AR Yeates

The 100 farmers with the lowest annual BMCCs are presented with a gold diamond plaque for their farmgate, while the farms within the lowest five percent of BMCCs receive a silver diamond plaque.

Dairy Australia’s National Lead for Animal Health and Fertility, Dr Zoe Vogels, said the awards were part of Dairy Australia’s commitment to support decision making on farm when it comes to maintaining the health of dairy herds and the quality of milk that is produced.

“Achieving good milk quality is a win-win for farmers, processors, retailers and the community,” Dr Vogels said.

“The whole dairy industry benefits from high quality milk. Farmers see improved milk production from healthier udders, receive higher milk premiums and a have lower herd health treatment costs. Dairy processors see increased product yields and prolonged shelf life of their products.”

The Milk Quality Awards form part of a national mastitis control program, called Countdown – launched in 1998 – which aims to support dairy farmers in achieving cost-effective, best practice milking management and mastitis control.

This initiative includes industry-agreed farm guidelines for mastitis control, technical notes and training for milk quality advisors as well as for farmers and their staff.

Training is delivered through the Milking and Mastitis Management program, which covers the components to maintaining good milk quality, such as understanding the key risks for mastitis, cow behaviour and stock handling, milking routines, and machine maintenance and cleaning protocols.