2009 BQA Award Winner - Anne Burkholder - Will Feed Inc. – Cozad, NE
In 1997, Anne Burkholder graduated from Dartmouth College and moved to Cozad, NE with her husband, Matt, to run the family feedyard that Matt’s father started in the early 1970’s.  Anne is now the owner, head cowboy, feeding foreman, environmental steward and marketing manager.  Over the years, Burkholder began to analyze what her “small” feedyard niche was going to be.  She went to work finding producers who are interested in the data and insight Burkholder can offer by tracking their calves through the feedyard and into the packing plant.  Will Feed Inc. is very focused on implementing BQA in every aspect of the feedyard.  Anne ensures that her pharmaceutical reps, nutritionist and anyone else contributing to the operation are BQA certified. 

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2009 Dairy BQA Award Winner - Jim Docheff - Diamond D Dairy – Longmont, CO
Jim Docheff is a fourth generation dairy farmer milking 600 cows, with a mix of Holstein, Brown Swiss and Jerseys. With a combination of an ever-changing consumer mindset demanding locally grown products and their close proximity to the booming front range of Colorado, the family developed a plan to become a more successful dairy enterprise by directly merchandising milk and milk products through a home delivery system and to wholesale customers.  The dairy’s goal is to produce a natural, healthy and high quality product that consumers can have confidence in and prides itself on its animal care practices.  With this in mind, one of the policies we have embraced is an open door invitation to anyone who would like to come and see the day-to-day operations on the dairy.

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