By ROBERT S. MERRILL
WESTON – A Weston-area resident recently received the 2012 Idaho Milk Quality Award by United Dairymen of Idaho.
Wynn Nielsen received a plaque and trophy during the group’s annual convention in Boise on Nov. 7. His brother, Vance, accepted the award because Wynn could not attend.
The statewide recognition acknowledges superior milk production performance and is awarded annually to the dairy operation delivering the highest quality milk across the entire State of Idaho. The award is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. According to United Dairymen, processors submit nominations of individual dairies they believe are deserving of the award.
Gossner Foods, of Logan, nominated Nielsen, who owns and operates HaWarden Jerseys, Inc. in Weston. Once the nominations are received, they are forwarded to Rick Norell, extension dairy specialist with the University of Idaho in Idaho Falls. Norell objectively reviews all the production and milk quality reports for each of the nominated dairies. The reporting period for this year’s award ran from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
“I rank each of the dairies based on the lowest average bacteria count. The dairy with the best overall ranking for the entire reporting year is presented the award. HaWarden Dairy was the best in the state in 2012,” said Norell. This year there were 15 other dairies that were nominated.
Nielsen and his brother, Eric, farm over 113 irrigated acres in the Weston/ Linrose area and run 80 dryland acres of pasture.
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