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Michigan and Indiana Dairy Producers Recognized for Top Production Records

Lansing, Michigan –Five dairy producers from Michigan and Indiana were recognized by NorthStar Cooperative Dairy Herd Information (DHI) Services for their outstanding production records for the 2009 testing year. Awards are given to dairy producers based on a herd’s annual rolling herd average, as completed with NorthStar Cooperative’s DHI Services, and are distributed based on geographical location. Honors include the Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year, High Milk Production Herd, High Dollar Value Herd, High Dollar Value Protein Breed Herd, Lowest Somatic Cell Count Herd Average and High Lifetime Cow for Milk Production.

Jim and Pam Reid of Jeddo, Michigan were named NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services 2009 Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year. The award is given to the producer whose herd shows the greatest increase in dollar value over the last five years. The Reid Dairy, 206-cow Holstein herd boasts a rolling herd average of 29,249 pounds of milk, 1,287 pounds of fat and 878 pounds of protein with a dollar value of $3,929; which is a $1,020 increase over the past five years.

Alan Miller and Kevin Hurd of Perrinton, Michigan earned the award for High Dollar Value Holstein Herd Average. The 50-cow Red and White Holstein herd won the award with a rolling herd average of 35,227 pounds of milk, 1,169 pounds of fat, 1,082 pounds of protein and a dollar value of $4,291.

The High Dollar Value Protein Breed Herd award was once again earned by Nor-Bert Farms of Bremen, Indiana. Nor-Bert’s herd of 26 Brown Swiss cows earned the award with 27,809 pounds of milk, 1,455 pounds of fat, 934 pounds of protein and a $4,276 dollar value

The award for the Lowest Somatic Cell Count Herd Average was earned by Doug Westendorp of Nashville, Michigan. The 92-cow Holstein herd earned this award with a SCC average of 58,000, while producing a rolling herd average of 29,195 pounds of milk, 976 pounds of fat, 829 pounds of protein with a dollar value of $3,404.

A 7H1965 WINEgars Kittitas Chairman daughter owned by Gordon Dick of McBain, Michigan earned the Highest Lifetime Cow for Milk Production award. In ten lactations, cow #126 produced 365,325 pounds of milk.

NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is a stock based cooperative, owned by dairy and beef producers in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. Originally formed in 1944 as an artificial insemination cooperative, NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is now comprised of sales and service for Select Sires, Ag Products and Technologies, DHI Services and AntelBio Systems, an animal disease testing center. Based in Lansing, Michigan, NorthStar provides sales and service to producers, veterinarians and industry members across the United States. A complete summary of the 2009 year-end production results can be obtained by calling 1.800.631.3510. For more information, visit www.northstarcooperative.com.