Qual Dairy Awarded Form-A-Feed Outstanding Dairyman Award
Qual Dairy of Lisbon, ND was awarded the 2018 Form-A-Feed Outstanding Dairyman of the Year Award at the Form-A-Feed Professional Dairy Conference at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, MN on January 17th, 2019.
This is the 9th year Form-A-Feed has awarded an Outstanding Dairyman of the Year Award at their annual Dairy Conference. To qualify for this award, a Form-A-Feed representative must nominate a recipient for their commitment and involvement in the dairy industry, community and country. This year, Qual Dairy was selected to receive the Outstanding Dairyman of the Year Award.
The Qual family has been very dedicated to their community and to being strong dairy advocates. According to the Qual’s, “Positive information in educating the consumer is vital to the success of promotion and consumption of dairy products. We want the consumer to know our cows rest comfortably and have a fresh supply of feed each day that is nutritionally balanced. We have happy, healthy cows that are relaxed and making milk.” They proudly open their dairy to the public for tours and have had visitors from around the world. They also sponsor many 4-H, youth, and community events by providing milk and making monetary donations.
Qual Dairy has grown from 60 cows being milked in a double 4 herringbone parlor in 1973 to 1,400 cows being milked in a 60-stall robotic rotary parlor installed in early 2018. Their parlor is only the fourth of its kind in North America and 15th in the world. With each step in their expansion process over the years, the Qual’s have stressed the importance of cow comfort and providing the best care for their cattle.
In addition to the roles in the community they play, the Quals also happily serve on many industry organizations. Alan Qual has served on the Cass Clay Board of Directors, North Dakota DHIA and the ND Holstein Association. He currently serves as the Corporate Board Director of AMPI and is a Board Member of Milk Producers Association of North Dakota. Jon Qual is currently president of the Heart of America DHIA. He also serves on the Ransom County Crop & Livestock Board, and the AMPI Resolutions committee. While Mark Qual is currently a MN Select Sires Delegate, SSI Holstein Sire Committee member and is on the DMI Advisory board. He is also past president of the AMPI Young Cooperators.
Joe Doll of J & L Nutritional Consulting, who nominated the Quals for the Outstanding Dairyman award, has worked with three generations of the Qual family over the last 20 years. “The Qual’s have been great people to work with and have always been progressive and forward thinking in their dairy operation,” says Joe. “The Qual’s are committed to their family, their community, and educating others about farming, and are very deserving of this award.”