The MSU Department of Animal Science has been recognizing outstanding Michigan dairy farmers since 1958, and the MSU Dairy Farm of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed by the department. The Department selects a person or persons (dairy farmer) from a pool of nominees who has exhibited outstanding (1) management of their dairy farm business and (2) leadership in the Michigan dairy industry or their community.
Published on June 12, 2023
The MSU Department of Animal Science invites nominations for the Dairy Farm of the Year by September 15.
Dairy Farm of the Year Award
The MSU Dairy Farm of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Department of Animal Science to individuals in the dairy industry. It is presented annually to a dairy farm to recognize the recipient(s) ongoing efforts at managing an outstanding dairy operation and strengthening the Michigan dairy industry and their surrounding communities. Recipients are respected by their peers, neighbors and industry as outstanding herd managers and dairy leaders at the local, state and/or national levels.
Award nominees may be individuals, partnerships or multi-generation family partnerships. A team made up of faculty members and Extension educators select the honoree based on commitment to their operation and contributions to the dairy industry. The winner’s portrait will be added to the display featuring previous winners at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.
Published on January 13, 2023
The MSU Department of Animal Science recognizes Brent and Nancy Wilson’s commitment to dairy research, herd health, milk quality and support of the Michigan dairy industry.
Published on January 19, 2022
MSU Department of Animal Science recognizes Tubergen Dairy Farm’s commitment to animal welfare, support of Michigan Dairy industry
Published on January 15, 2021
The award is given by the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.
Published on January 30, 2020
Tim Hood of Hood Farms Family Dairy in Van Buren County is the 2020 Dairy Farmer of the Year.
The deadline to submit nominations for Dairy Farm of the Year is September 15. Nominations can be submitted by producers, family members, professionals, agri-business firms or other individuals.
The winner’s portrait will be added to the display featuring previous winners at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.
Nomination Form (Word Doc) (click to download)