Glanbia Names Idaho Dairy as 2010 Quality Patron of the Year

January 3, 2011 07:33 AM
Glanbia 2010 Patron Winner
Kaysi and Rod Hubsmith (center) won Glanbia’s 2010 Quality Patron of the Year Award for superior milk production. The Idaho couple are shown here with John Lanigan (left), Glanbia Senior Vice President of Cheese Operations, and Russ De Kruyf (right), Glanbia Director of Milk Procurement.

Source: Glanbia news release

Hubsmith Dairy in Richfield, Idaho, owned and operated by Rod and Kaysi Hubsmith, was awarded Glanbia’s highest honor -- 2010 Quality Patron of the Year-- at Glanbia’s December annual awards banquet. As winners, they received two all-expense-paid tickets to Ireland, Glanbia’s headquarters.

This annual award rotates between small, medium and large dairies each year. This year, Hubsmith Dairy was selected from the small dairy category of 200 or fewer cows.  This dairy has been supplying milk to Glanbia since 2000.

“We have always admired other dairies, especially large dairies, that have received this award in the past,” said Rod Hubsmith. “It takes a lot of hard work, milk production oversight and record keeping to maintain the high milk standards Glanbia requires. My wife and I are pleased to be recognized for our efforts.”

To be recognized for this award, Glanbia’s milk suppliers must meet strict quality standards over 12 months, paying close attention to all facets of dairy operations. 

“Hubsmith Dairy, operated by just Rod and Kaysi, has been supplying Glanbia with quality milk for many years, said Russ De Kruyf milk procurement manager at Glanbia. “Rod is a second-generation Glanbia patron; he and his father go back to the Wards Cheese days. They have been diligent in meeting our high standards of milk production, a challenge for any dairy, especially a two-person operation.

“It’s a pleasure to recognize Hubsmith with our recognition of the top milk supplier of the year,” De Kruyf added.

Glanbia Foods is the world’s largest producer of American-style cheddar cheese with approximately 650 employees in southern Idaho.

Along with the Quality Patron of the Year award, 40 Glanbia Quality Awards were given to other Idaho dairy producers who met the same criteria. Recipients included:

4-Brothers Dairies #1, #3, & #4, Shoshone
Aardema Dairy #6, Jerome
Ballard Dairy, Gooding
Bettencourt Cross Breeds Dairy, Goodin
Bigsky West Dairy, Gooding
Box Canyon Dairies #1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Wendell
County Line Dairy, Wendell
De Kruyf Dairy, Buhl
Dinis Dairy #2, Wendell
Franco Dairy, Twin Falls
Gulick Dairy, Jerome
Heritage Farms, Buhl
Johnson Diary, Richfield
Knott-Run Dairy, Buhl
Kowz-R-Us Dairy, Buhl
Longview Dairy, Jerome
Manuel Faria Dairy, Twin Falls
R&L Lezamiz Dairy, Richfield
Regli Dairy #2, Kuna
Rietkerk Dairies 1 & 2, Wendell
Saint Bridget Dairy, Jerome
Shady Grove Dairy, Gooding
Silva Dairy #2, Buhl
Standing 16 Dairy, Jerome
Sun View Dairy, Mountain Home
T&F Dairy, Wendell
T3 Dairy, Jerome
Ted Baar Dairy, Jerome
TLK Dairy #3, Mountain Home
Toledo Dairy, Kuna
Tolman Family Dairy, Jerome
Van Dyk & Sons Dairy, Wendell

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