2014 Dairy Hall of Fame Inductee Alan Andersen along with his wife Norma and their son Greg, who presented him with the award.

(Photo by Matt Green)

 

The United Dairymen of Idaho (UDI) honored several dairy farmers and industry partners during the organization’s annual meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Honored were:

• Milk Quality Award – James Bazil, of the J-O Bazil Dairy in Rigby, Idaho, received the 2014 Idaho Milk Quality Award. This award is based on quality indicators submitted by Idaho companies (milk processors, co-ops and associations). Bazil earn the award, based on the results of 12 monthly milk quality tests (July 2013-June 2014), including standard plate count and somatic cell count.

• Friend of the Industry Award – Rick Norell has managed the Idaho Milk Quality Award since its inception in 1989.

Norell was hired as a state Extension dairy specialist by the University of Idaho in August 1982. Over the years, he gave numerous producer presentations on dairy management topics, working with individual dairy families to solve dairy issues, formulate dairy rations and/or remodel their dairy facilities.

• Hall of Fame Inductee – Alan Andersen, of Seagull Bay Dairy and Andersen Dairy in Burley, Idaho, was inducted into the Idaho Dairy Hall of Fame. Andersen has been a dairy owner for 39 years, having started his own dairy in 1976 with 30 cows, near Tyhee, Idaho. Today, the family has more than 2,000 cows on two sites: Seagull Bay Dairy in American Falls; and Andersen Dairy in Declo. Currently, 15 Seagull Bay bred bulls are being marketed by four AI studs in the U.S. and Canada, including Seagull Bay Supersire, the No. 1 Net Merit Holstein bull. Seagull Bay Holsteins has the highest breeding index (CTPI) average of any dairy in the western U.S. Andersen is an Idaho State Holstein Board member, and has earned the Holstein Association’s Progressive Breeder Registry Award for the past 6 years, as well as the Holstein Association’s Progressive Genetics Herd Award for 11 years in a row.

 

Idaho leadership noted

UDI CEO Karianne Fallow cited national leadership efforts of her board members.

Tom Dorsey, owner of Dorsey Farms in Caldwell, Idaho, was elected first vice chair of the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) board during the joint annual meeting of the National Milk Producers Federation/National Dairy Promotion and Research Board/UDIA in Grapevine, Texas, earlier this fall. Dorsey is one of four dairy farmers elected to represent Idaho on the UDIA board, a federation of state and regional dairy farmer-funded promotion organizations.

Also, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed Steve Ballard, owner of Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese in Gooding, to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board last month. Ballard, whose three-year term began Nov. 1, joined fellow UDI and Idaho Dairy Products Commission board member Dave Veenhouwer from Veenhouwer Family Dairy, Jerome, on the 38-member panel.

“As the third-largest dairy-producing state in the country, Idaho takes its leadership role very seriously,” Fallow said. “And dairy farmers across the country look to Idaho for leadership.

UDI protects and promotes the Idaho dairy industry and dairy farm families through outreach, nutrition counseling and partnerships with consumers, dairy processors, retail outlets and farmers and their families. UDI is the parent organization of both the Idaho Dairy Council and the Idaho Dairymen's Association. Visit IdahoDairy.com for updates and additional information.