Organic Valley, the nation’s largest organic farmer-owned cooperative, is proud to announce that today 10 of its farmer-owners are receiving National Dairy Quality Awards for 2010 at the National Mastitis Council’s annual meeting in Arlington, Va.
Now in its 17th year, the national award program is designed to honor dairy farmers who produce milk of the highest quality. Nominees are evaluated on their systems of monitoring udder health, milking routine, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical cases, treatment protocols, and strategies for overall herd health and welfare.
Organic Valley farmers are among 53 farmers nationwide to be recognized with awards. Approximately 175 farmers were nominated.
“Our co-op prides itself in the high-quality organic milk produced by all of our dairy farmer-owners,” said George Siemon, founding farmer and C-E-I-E-I-O for Organic Valley. “But we are especially proud of these farmers who are being nationally recognized for their extraordinary efforts. We honor their dedication and commitment to producing the best product possible for our customers.”
The following Organic Valley farmers are being recognized:
- Greg Bingham of Weston, Idaho milks 200 cows on 300 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owner since 2007
- William McMahan of Randle, Wash. milks 115 cows on 375 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owner since 2007
- James Austin of Oakville, Wash. milks 175 cows on 350 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owner since 2006
- Walter and Irene Abplanalp of Ethel, Wash. milk 245 cows on 150 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2007
- Andy and Linda Styger of Chehalis, Wash. milk 130 cows on 250 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2004
- Randy and Kimberly Peterson of Arlington, Wash. milk 150 cows on 150 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2005
- Bob Grenon of North Troy, Vt. milks 12 cows on 35 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owner since 2009
- Paul and Michele Philbrick of Knox, Maine milk 13 cows on 40 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2008
- Meyer Family/North Hardwick Dairy of Hardwick, Vt. milks 65 cows on 350 acres; Organic Valley farmer-owners since 2003
Honorable mentions were given to Garry Trudell of East Fairfield, Vt. and Tyler and Melanie Webb of Enosburg Falls, Vt.
Organic Valley Family of Farms: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,617 farmers in 35 states and three Canadian provinces, and achieved $621 million in 2010 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, yogurt, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop, www.organicprairie.coop and the cooperative's farmer website, www.farmers.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @Organic_Valley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.