A dairy center at the University of New Hampshire has received recognition by the Dairy Farmers of America.
As a result of receiving the Gold Quality Award, UNH is paid the highest price for its milk from the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.
The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center is celebrating its 25th year of operation this year.
Dairy Farmers of America is the leading national milk cooperative with nearly 13,000 dairy producers in 48 states. UNH's milk goes to the Hood plant in Concord.
"We have multiple tiers of quality premiums, and they are not easy to achieve," said Tim Riel, area supervisor for the Dairy Farmers of America. "Farms really have to stay on top of things to get these extra premiums."
The center at UNH houses 87 milking-age Holstein and Jersey cows and approximately 70 growing, replacement animals.
Cows at the Fairchild Dairy Center produce an average of about 26,000 to 27,000 pounds of milk per cow per year. The national average is about 22,000 pounds per cow a year.