Each year the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) recognizes the top Minnesota dairy herds with low somatic cell counts (SCC). Since 2003, MDA and University of Minnesota dairy experts have worked with the state’s dairy farmer to lower somatic cell counts.

Somatic cell count is a key indicator of milk quality – a lower SCC is better for cheese production and shelf life of bottled milk. Somatic cells occur naturally and are not a food safety concern. Dairy farmers monitor SCC because it can be used as a way of measuring the health of their cows.

The dairy producers on this list have achieved the goal of having an average SCC of 100,000 or lower in the previous year. The names appear in the order of lowest to highest average SCC.

Minnesota Dairy Herds with Low Somatic Cell Counts (SCC)

May 2021

Producer Name County
Suzanne Jacobs Otter Tail
Dennis and Wayne Wolters Morrison
Harmony Hills LLC Carver
Lester Banse Houston
Braulick Farms Brown
Hoefs' Dairy LLC LeSueur
Brandon and Jill Marshik Benton
Keith Middendorf Todd
Dean and Elizabeth Johnson Cottonwood
Tony and Matt Berktold Wabasha
Zweber Farms LLC Scott
Nosbush Dairy Renville
Christopher and Jessie Lee Meeker
Evergreen Acres Dairy LLC #7 Stearns
Edward Kauffman Todd
Knisley Dairy Inc. Stearns
Bill Miller Wabasha
Kent Happke Benton
Denn-Mar Farm LLC Benton
Alan and Jessica Klimek Douglas
Robert and Terri Ketchum Winona
Kevin Hanson Polk
Valley Acres Dairy #1 Winona
Enchanted Dairy Morrison
Riverview LLP - West Dublin Swift
Barkeim Farms LLC Winona
D & D Dairy Small Farm Winona
Ryan Talberg Stearns
Harlan and Jenny Poppler Wright
Jeff Middendorf Stearns
Scott and Michelle Herber Winona
Charles and Mary Schornack Otter Tail
Chad Felten Mower
Schefers Bros LLC Stearns
Houdek Dairy LLC Houston
Trevor and Lisa Dicke Wabasha
Merdan Dairy Inc. Stearns
Del and Cindy Euerle Meeker
North Creek Dairy LLC Olmsted
Cory and Jenna Middendorf Stearns
High Point Dairy - Joe and Kim Engelmeyer Stearns
Marshall and Melanie Korn Kandiyohi
Randy H. and Kathleen J. Bauer Rice
Valley Acres Dairy #2 Winona
Colleen Berscheit Brown
Duckwitz Farm Partnership Swift
James A. Olson Winona
Burfeind Dairy Farm LLC Goodhue
Mark T Klehr Scott
Russel Wirt Winona
Duane Burke Otter Tail
Peterson Dairy Farm Kandiyohi
Schwab Farms Inc. Nicollet
Dev-Lin Holsteins LLC Houston
Travis and Angela Scherping Stearns
John Sauber Dakota
Paul and Bonnie Middendorf Todd
Adam and Sarah Mellgren Wabasha
Ackerman Farms Benton
Jeremy and Amanda Wentland Stearns
Kraig Krienke McLeod
Lux-Ury Holsteins Inc. Meeker
Paul Marx Mower
Heim Family Farm Winona
Schulte Farms Houston
Chad Waltman Morrison
Robert Hinsch Goodhue
Rolling Ridge Acres Inc. Winona
Maynard and Jeremiah Schumacher Wabasha
Kuechle Dairy LLC Stearns
Gregory Dairy LLC Stearns
Dreier Farm LLC Carver
O'Reilly Organic Dairy LLC Goodhue
Peter Mark Hendrickson Todd
Matt Andring Olmsted
Mundt Dairy Winona
Kiefland Holsteins LLC Winona
Brian Libbesmeier Meeker
Hammell Dairy Inc. Houston
Barry D Cronk Otter Tail
Mark Ruegemer Pope
Mark Brosig Winona
Clear Crest Farm Winona
Zabulls Holsteins Wabasha
Shawn and Sarah Winscher Morrison
Robert and Ann Cremers Stearns
Shir-Man Holsteins II Fillmore
Dave and Dan Bruder Todd
Adam and Abby Popowski Lincoln
Jon and Wendy Meyer Wabasha
Stan and Bev Meyer Houston
Avon Heights LLC Dodge
Dollymount Dairy Traverse
Youngren Dairy Farms Inc. Kandiyohi
Sunny Side Dairy Hennepin
Jacob Mehr Stearns
Greg Nicklay Olmsted
Mark and Shari Chamberlain Goodhue
Tim Bruder Todd
Nathan Gibbs Winona
Mitchell Mehrwerth Benton
Schmit Family Dairy LLC Winona
Steve and Lori Dockendorf Stearns
Darin and Brierly Grimsgard Meeker
Paul Mehr Stearns
Bucks Unlimited LLC Goodhue
Thomas Fuechtmann Stearns
Edgar Martin Stearns
Autumn Breeze Dairy Brown
Sass Dairy Fillmore
Schumacher Farms of Elgin Inc. Wabasha
Pike Hills Dairy LLC Morrison
Anthony Scheffler Goodhue