The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced its fifth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards during a ceremony May 11 in Chicago. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose sustainable practices positively impact the health and well-being of consumers, communities, animals and the environment. A total of nine awards were presented, five of which were given to dairy farms across the country.
Two DFA member-farms were recognized for their dedication to integrating sustainability into their operations:
Bateman’s Mosida Farms, Elberta, Utah, Mountain Area — Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability
The Bateman family regularly hosts visitors to show that even at the biggest dairy in the state, focusing on details makes sustainable differences for the animals, their product and the environment. A new maternity barn has improved the health of calves and mothers, and the manure management and sand reclamation systems allow the dairy to capture beneficial nutrients for fertilizer, conserve water and reduce the amount of sand used for bedding. A solar energy project is underway as the family begins preparations for its next generation to join the dairy farm.
Noblehurst Farms Inc., Linwood, N.Y., Northeast Area — Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships
Through a food waste cooperative formed by Noblehurst Farms, food waste and scraps from 30 Wegmans stores, as well as universities and schools, is gathered and delivered to a digester at the dairy. This collaborative effort not only keeps tons of food waste out of landfills, it also provides enough energy to power the 1,800-cow dairy. Key to the project’s success is the safe and efficient collection and transport of the food scraps using specialized rolling carts. The results: 390 tons of waste diverted from local landfills per month, reduced greenhouse gases and a win-win for the farm, community and retailers.
To read more about each operation’s sustainability practices and to view photo galleries, click on the farm name: Bateman’s Mosida Farms and Noblehurst Farms Inc. For more information on the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards and all nine of this year’s honorees, visit www.dairygood.org.