Dairy Quality Center

Dairy Quality Center's Sustainable Dairy Award

Earning the DQC Sustainable Dairy Award

The typical Verified Premium Plus dairy is producing food right - right for the planet, the cows, employees of the dairy, and for consumers. The consumer is encouraged to trust the system and in turn trust that their food is produced correctly - sustainably. We call this system the Verified Premium Plus Brand.

The Dairy Quality Center's Sustainable Dairy Award is based upon transparent guidelines that are verified by a licensed veterinarian utilizing the Verified Premium Plus annual pre-harvest audit.

To achieve the Sustainable Dairy Award, the dairy's bulk tank somatic cell count must be less than 200,000 cells/ml. In addition, the dairy must score at least 90% in EACH of these six critical control areas:

  • Milk Safety, Quality, Sustainability
  • Dairy Animal Care
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Pathogen Management (animal health)
  • Personnel Management
  • Dairy Beef Safety, Quality, Sustainability

When a dairy earns accolades for their work, consumers identify with the dairy's dedication and commitment to food quality.

The Dairy Quality Center proudly recognizes our many certified dairies that are "doing it right."

DQC Sustainable Dairy Award

Latest VPP dairies to be honored for Sustainability:

July 2017

JX Cattle LLC - Faria Brothers DairyDumas, TX1st year
JX Cattle LLC - Dumas DairyDumas, TX1st year
JX Cattle LLC - Hartley DairyDumas, TX1st year
Palla, Inc. IClovis, NM1st year
Palla, Inc. IIClovis, NM1st year
Palla, Inc. IIICanyon, TX1st year
Full Circle JerseysDalhart, TX1st year
TJ DairyAmherst, TX2nd year
Legacy FarmsPlainview, TX2nd year

Previous VPP dairies to be honored for Sustainability:

June 2017

McCarty-Bird City DairyBird City, KS2nd year
Coldwater DairyStratford, TX2nd year
Frontier DairySyracuse, KS2nd year
Hermana DairySyracuse, KS2nd year
SD FarmsBovina, TX1st year

May 2017

G2 Producers HarvestDumas, TX1st year
Vista Grande DairyPlainview, TX1st year

April 2017

Scott City DairyScott City, KS2nd year
Tuls Dairy FarmLiberal, KS2nd year

March 2017

Dairy FountainPlainview, TX2nd year
Southwind DairyHagerman, NM2nd year
Dairy VenturesTribune, KS2nd year
Mas Cow DairyMoscow, KS2nd year

February 2017

Noble Dairy LLCGarden City, KS2nd year
North Star DairyHereford, TX2nd year
Ponderosa DairyAmargosa Valley, NV2nd year
Amargosa DairyAmargosa Valley, NV2nd year
Moapa DairyAmargosa Valley, NV2nd year
High Plains DairyFriona, TX2nd year
Red Rock DairyAmherst, TX2nd year

January 2017

Avi-Lanche JerseysDalhart, TX
Caprock Dairy I & IIMuleshoe, TX
A-Tex DairyFriona, TX
Vanderham Dairy #2Hat, TX2nd year

December 2016

High Noon DairyHereford, TX
McCarty Dairy-RexfordRexford, KS
McCarty Farms-Beaver CityBeaver City, NE
Royal Farms DairyGarden City, KS
High Plains Dairy-KSPlains, KS
Syracuse DairySyracuse, KS

October 2016

Boer DairyDalhart, TX

August 2016

Presidio DairyMuleshoe, TX
Hartley Dairy #1Dumas, TX
High Plains ComplexGill, CO

July 2016

Legacy DairyPlainview, TX
TJ DairyAmherst, TX
G2 Producers EastDalhart, TX

June 2016

Hermana DairySyracuse, KS
Frontier DairySyracuse, KS
Rio Vista DairyCoolidge, KS
D & J DairyHereford, TX
CDFD-HartleyHartley, TX

May 2016

Dairy FountainPlainview, TX
Tuls Dairy FarmLiberal, KS

April 2016

Dairy FountainPlainview, TX
Tuls Dairy FarmLiberal, KS

March 2016

High Plains DairyFriona, TX
McCarty Farms-Scott CityScott City, KS
Mas Cow DairyMoscow, KS
Desert View DairyTexico, NM
Red Rock DairyAmherst, TX

February 2016

North Star DairyHereford, TX
Southwind DairyHagerman, NM
Vanderham Dairy #2Hart, TX
Noble DairyGarden City, KS
Dairy VenturesTribune, KS
Milk Unlimited Dairy FarmsAtlantic, IA

January 2016

Ponderosa DairyAmargosa Valley, NV
Moapa DairyAmargosa Valley, NV
Amargosa DairyAmargosa Valley, NV
High Plains DairyPlains, KS
Royal Farms DairyGarden City, KS
Syracuse DairySyracuse, KS