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Source: Merial news release

The winners of the 2013 National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) represent the best in quality milk production, and Merial is proud to again sponsor this industry recognition.

Recipients of the 2013 NDQA Platinum Award are Randy and Kathy Bauer of Faribault, Minn.; Donald Beattie of Holton, Mich.; Gordon Dick of McBain, Mich.; Duane and Janet Molhoek of Falmouth, Mich.; Sean Quinn and Melissa Murray of Greenwich N.Y.; and Dennis and Doris Tubergen of Ionia, Mich.

Dairy industry professionals nominate producers for the award, and are selected based on a comprehensive evaluation of their quality measures, systems for monitoring udder health, milking routines, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical mastitis cases, and strategies for overall herd health and welfare. The NDQA is a partnership between the National Mastitis Council (NMC) and Hoard's Dairyman.

"Milk quality is top of mind for everyone in the dairy industry, and we're pleased to support producers that produce a high standard of milk, including lowering somatic cell counts," says Steve Vandeberg, director endectocide marketing, Merial. "With real economic pressure and changes in the global dairy marketplace, an invigorated focus on milk quality can make a real difference for producers."

Through its Best in Class Dairies program, Merial provides dairies free access to valuable training tools in English and Spanish, as well as external resources including a daily dairy report with up-to-date market information for milk, cheese and butter prices and relevant dairy news.

Producers can get more information about the Best in Class Dairies program or Merial's line of dairy products by contacting their sales representative or visiting

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