Iowa State University Dairy Farm Receives Award from Swiss Valley

January 3, 2017

Dairy Cows

The Iowa State University Dairy Farm received an award from Swiss Valley for 28 years of Quality Milk.  The annual district meeting was held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Toledo, Iowa.  Former Dairy Farm Manager, Joe Detrick, received the award on behalf of the Dairy Farm and the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.  Detrick says " The Milk Quality Award is given to producers based upon quality of milk for the entire year.  The years must be 5 years at a time consecutive.  Quality milk is based upon the bacteria counts, preliminary incubation counts and somatic cell counts.  It also entails having no added water and no antibiotics.  The farm has to generate a positive quality payment 11 of the 12 months of the fiscal year."  

The ISU Dairy Farm raises around 420 mature cows and close to 400 young stock, over 800 total.  Almost twenty-five thousand pounds of milk is produced in a day and then is transported to Swiss Valley where it is subcontracted out to other processors.  For more information or to schedule a visit to our dairy farm, click here.