Center for Dairy Excellence

Center for Dairy Excellence To provide the leadership, voice and programs for a vibrant dairy industry where farm families, dairy businesses and associated organizations can thrive.
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Do you work in the dairy supply chain or have an interest in learning more about consumers’ perceptions of dairy? Then y...
07/09/2021

Do you work in the dairy supply chain or have an interest in learning more about consumers’ perceptions of dairy? Then you should attend the Dairy Experience Forum on July 13th from 12 – 5pm. This event is held virtually and is completely free to dairy farmers. Register at www.dairyexperienceforum.com

Do you work in the dairy supply chain or have an interest in learning more about consumers’ perceptions of dairy? Then you should attend the Dairy Experience Forum on July 13th from 12 – 5pm. This event is held virtually and is completely free to dairy farmers. Register at www.dairyexperienceforum.com

Are you looking for a career in the dairy industry? Check out the Center’s Job Opportunities page. There are various opp...
07/06/2021
Dairy Job Opportunities | Center for Dairy Excellence

Are you looking for a career in the dairy industry? Check out the Center’s Job Opportunities page. There are various opportunities available such as: herdsman, food processing, and crop production positions. Apply for a position today!

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

To help celebrate Pennsylvania dairy and showcase the hard work of PA dairy farmers, we still have some pages of Choose ...
07/05/2021
Request ‘Choose PA Dairy’ Window Clings | Center for Dairy Excellence

To help celebrate Pennsylvania dairy and showcase the hard work of PA dairy farmers, we still have some pages of Choose PA Dairy window clings available for dairy farmers and industry professionals.

👇 Request them to be mailed to you at no cost while supplies last!

To demonstrate the value of dairy farming in our communities, the Center for Dairy Excellence is providing free window clings to dairy farmers and industry professionals.

Happy Fourth of July! Thank you to the 5,400+ dairy farm families that call Pennsylvania home.
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July! Thank you to the 5,400+ dairy farm families that call Pennsylvania home.

Happy Fourth of July! Thank you to the 5,400+ dairy farm families that call Pennsylvania home.

Dairy farmers and industry professionals are invited to virtually attend the Dairy Experience Forum on July 13th from 12...
07/02/2021

Dairy farmers and industry professionals are invited to virtually attend the Dairy Experience Forum on July 13th from 12 – 5 PM. The experience is free to dairy farmers and will provide consumer insights, future forecasting, and industry thought leadership. Learn more and register at www.dairyexperienceforum.com

Dairy farmers and industry professionals are invited to virtually attend the Dairy Experience Forum on July 13th from 12 – 5 PM. The experience is free to dairy farmers and will provide consumer insights, future forecasting, and industry thought leadership. Learn more and register at www.dairyexperienceforum.com

Anaerobic digesters are an opportunity to produce biogas on the farm to use for heat, power, or other purposes. They are...
07/01/2021
Penn State Digester Day

Anaerobic digesters are an opportunity to produce biogas on the farm to use for heat, power, or other purposes. They are set to become an increasingly important source of renewable energy for dairy producers. We're working with Penn State for the first-ever Digester Day on Wednesday, July 21 where you can attend informational sessions and hear from experts who plan to share:

✔️ The benefits of on-farm digester opportunities for biogas production in the renewable natural gas market
✔️ Potential funding programs
✔️Incentives

The in-person event costs $10 to attend.

REGISTER NOW: https://extension.psu.edu/penn-state-digester-day

Join us to learn about anaerobic digesters, how they produce biogas, and ways to use it on your farm!

A heartfelt message that's a great endcap to June Dairy Month!
06/30/2021

A heartfelt message that's a great endcap to June Dairy Month!

To end June Dairy Month and our #WhatsYourWhy campaign, we wanted to share a heartfelt message shared by Dave Hileman, one of our Board members, about why dairy means so much to him.

“My first exposure to the dairy business was on our small family farm. When I became old enough, my parents enrolled me in 4-H and immediately I discovered my love for working with animals. Through 4-H, groundwork was being laid for my career in dairy farming. Even though I was a proud dairy farmer, I considered myself a businessman who produced, harvested and marketed milk, crops and cattle. The business aspect of dairying was always front and center for me. I believed "Farming as a lifestyle is a poor business model. Farming as a business can lead to a great lifestyle.”

I loved the challenge of managing the day-to-day operation of a dairy farm. Along the way I joined some agricultural organizations and met many outstanding people. I watched and I listened and I learned from them. I absorbed as much knowledge as I could. I will be forever grateful to these mentors who provided guidance and shared their experiences, good and bad, with me. A number of these mentors became lifelong friends.

As a group, you will find no better folks than those invested in today's dairy industry. They are the most caring and sharing individuals and families you could ever imagine. During this past year of the pandemic, example after example of caring and sharing took place in the farming community. Being able to continue to interact with these wonderful people is a big reason why I am still active in agricultural circles today.

For any industry to be sustainable and to maintain its momentum, special effort must be made to encourage and educate the younger generations. The enthusiasm and energy of youth must be channeled and cultivated. The same is true for dairy farming. The Dairy Excellence Foundation board and staff do an outstanding job educating, encouraging and presenting a positive message about the dairy industry.

One of life's greatest joys is "giving back,” and my wife Janet and I have been blessed to be in a position to be able to give back. I benefited from many people helping me in my career from my earliest 4-H leaders to all the mentors who guided me. Now it is my turn for me to do my part and "give back" to those who are following me. One of my favorite quotes is: “Nobody can help everybody but everybody can help somebody.” Giving back by helping and supporting those who are teaching a positive image of the business of dairy farming is why I am happy to be a small part of the Dairy Excellence Foundation.”

#WhatsYourWhy #JuneDairyMonth

🍦☀️ These hot temperatures are the perfect time for ice cream and to encourage your neighbors and other consumers to sup...
06/30/2021

🍦☀️ These hot temperatures are the perfect time for ice cream and to encourage your neighbors and other consumers to support local Pennsylvania creameries this summer! Today we helped kick off the PA Ice Cream Trail at Urban Churn with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and visitPA.

Lolly Lesher of Way-Har Farms is just one of the many dairy farm family creameries you can find on the trail this summer!

🍦Find a list of participating creameries here: www.visitpa.com/scoops

#PursueYourScoops #NationalIceCreamMonth

Thanks to all the dairy farmers who shared their thoughts with us during June Dairy Month! To end things on a high note,...
06/30/2021

Thanks to all the dairy farmers who shared their thoughts with us during June Dairy Month! To end things on a high note, here’s one positive moment Stanley Helman of Guilside Farm noticed this year:

“One positive thing I saw over the last year was the way dairy farmers have stepped up to help those in their community that were in need.”

#JuneDairyMonth

Thanks to all the dairy farmers who shared their thoughts with us during June Dairy Month! To end things on a high note, here’s one positive moment Stanley Helman of Guilside Farm noticed this year:

“One positive thing I saw over the last year was the way dairy farmers have stepped up to help those in their community that were in need.”

#JuneDairyMonth

Join Penn State Extension tomorrow (July 1st) for a special webinar on labeling dairy foods that contain allergens or sp...
06/30/2021

Join Penn State Extension tomorrow (July 1st) for a special webinar on labeling dairy foods that contain allergens or special flavors. This is a free webinar held from 12 – 1 PM and you must be registered by its start. Tune in to learn how to label dairy foods that contain allergens, and special situations, such as PA Preferred certifications. Register today at http://ow.ly/dgTI50FgK1g

Join Penn State Extension tomorrow (July 1st) for a special webinar on labeling dairy foods that contain allergens or special flavors. This is a free webinar held from 12 – 1 PM and you must be registered by its start. Tune in to learn how to label dairy foods that contain allergens, and special situations, such as PA Preferred certifications. Register today at http://ow.ly/dgTI50FgK1g

💹 Did you know we provide state and national dairy industry scorecard data on a monthly basis? With interactive dropdown...
06/29/2021

💹 Did you know we provide state and national dairy industry scorecard data on a monthly basis? With interactive dropdown menus on our website, you can evaluate industry trends and compare data on a monthly and yearly basis. The PA scorecard looks at key factors supporting the growth of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and evaluates trends affecting PA dairy farms. The U.S. scorecard provides an overview of the national dairy industry, with consumption, marketing and production trends.

➡️ View the scorecards: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/protecting-your-profits

💹 Did you know we provide state and national dairy industry scorecard data on a monthly basis? With interactive dropdown menus on our website, you can evaluate industry trends and compare data on a monthly and yearly basis. The PA scorecard looks at key factors supporting the growth of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and evaluates trends affecting PA dairy farms. The U.S. scorecard provides an overview of the national dairy industry, with consumption, marketing and production trends.

➡️ View the scorecards: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/protecting-your-profits

For Phoebe and Dave Bitler of Vista-Grande Farms in Berks County, PA, there are two things that excite them about being ...
06/28/2021

For Phoebe and Dave Bitler of Vista-Grande Farms in Berks County, PA, there are two things that excite them about being dairy farmers:

1️⃣ “The opportunity to show consumers that dairy farmers really care about their communities and will do everything they can to make sure they have good, wholesome food to eat."

2️⃣ “The responsibility and satisfaction to work with nature and the circle of life on a daily basis to produce healthy food for our neighbors near and far.”

#JuneDairyMonth

Don’t forget to show your appreciation for your dairy veterinarian and nominate them for Zoetis’s Honor your Vet contest...
06/26/2021
Honor Your Dairy Vet with Zoetis during June Dairy Month

Don’t forget to show your appreciation for your dairy veterinarian and nominate them for Zoetis’s Honor your Vet contest. Zoetis will choose 3 winners each week in June to win a personalized, weatherproof jacket. Honor your dairy vet today!

Zoetis is honoring dairy veterinarians and helping support the mental wellness of veterinarians everywhere during June Dairy Month.

06/26/2021

One of our Dairy Excellence Grant recipients installed a new cow brush to enhance cow comfort.

For Mary of Fawn View Manor Farms, she enjoys sharing the stories of dairy farmers like her parents (pictured here)."Dai...
06/25/2021

For Mary of Fawn View Manor Farms, she enjoys sharing the stories of dairy farmers like her parents (pictured here).

"Dairy farmers are the hardest working, most genuine, grit-loving, personable people I’ve ever met. They all have an awesome story to tell! The opportunities to share are endless."

#JuneDairyMonth

For Mary of Fawn View Manor Farms, she enjoys sharing the stories of dairy farmers like her parents (pictured here).

"Dairy farmers are the hardest working, most genuine, grit-loving, personable people I’ve ever met. They all have an awesome story to tell! The opportunities to share are endless."

#JuneDairyMonth

06/25/2021

There’s no question about it — Maddie Jaslar is definitely enjoying her on-farm internship this summer! She is exploring her interests in youngstock care at Darkhorse Farm in Bucks County, PA. Stay tuned for more photos from her experience!

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, PA Dairymen's Association, and Dairy Excellence Foundation partner to offer the on-farm internship program each year.

🎙️ Have you listened to our monthly Cow-Side Conversations podcast? With over 1,200 downloads to date, you'll hear from ...
06/24/2021

🎙️ Have you listened to our monthly Cow-Side Conversations podcast? With over 1,200 downloads to date, you'll hear from dairy farmers across Pennsylvania who are sharing their real-time insight, tricks of the trade, and inspiring stories. From tracking dry matter intake and making low-cost improvements to biosecurity, agritourism and genomics, there's something for everyone.

🎧 LISTEN NOW: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast

🎙️ Have you listened to our monthly Cow-Side Conversations podcast? With over 1,200 downloads to date, you'll hear from dairy farmers across Pennsylvania who are sharing their real-time insight, tricks of the trade, and inspiring stories. From tracking dry matter intake and making low-cost improvements to biosecurity, agritourism and genomics, there's something for everyone.

🎧 LISTEN NOW: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/podcast

June Dairy Month is in full swing! Show your gratitude for your dairy veterinarian by nominating them to receive a perso...
06/23/2021
Honor Your Dairy Vet with Zoetis during June Dairy Month

June Dairy Month is in full swing! Show your gratitude for your dairy veterinarian by nominating them to receive a personalized weatherproof jacket, courtesy of Zoetis. Every week in June, Zoetis will pick 3 lucky winners. Show your appreciation and nominate your hardworking dairy veterinarian today!

Zoetis is honoring dairy veterinarians and helping support the mental wellness of veterinarians everywhere during June Dairy Month.

Don't forget to join us today, June 23 at 12 p.m., for a special edition of our monthly "Protecting Your Profits" webina...
06/23/2021
How to Manage High Feed Costs — “Protecting Your Profits” June Webinar | Center for Dairy Excellence

Don't forget to join us today, June 23 at 12 p.m., for a special edition of our monthly "Protecting Your Profits" webinar related to high feed costs. Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University, will share strategies for maximizing milk production while input costs remain high.

💻 How to join via webinar: Visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/JunePYP at 12 p.m. TODAY to access the webinar

📞 How to dial in via conference call:
Dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 848 3416 1708
Passcode: 474057

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

Family dairy farms are the backbones of our communities. For Annette & Steve Worthington, they are the sixth generation ...
06/22/2021

Family dairy farms are the backbones of our communities. For Annette & Steve Worthington, they are the sixth generation on their operation:

“One positive thing that just recently happened on our farm is that my husband & I took over the farm and dairy business from his parents. He is the 6th generation to dairy farm on the family farm, which dates back in his family to 1861 here in Bucks County. We are also very blessed that we did not have to dump any milk this past year during the pandemic like many other farms did."

--Annette & Steve Worthington of Curly Hill Farm in Bucks County, PA

#JuneDairyMonth

Photos from Dairy Excellence Foundation's post
06/22/2021

Photos from Dairy Excellence Foundation's post

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate Pennsylvania dairy and support the next generation!
06/18/2021

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate Pennsylvania dairy and support the next generation!

For Renee Caruso, a dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, PA, dairy farming has come full circle for her family this ye...
06/18/2021

For Renee Caruso, a dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, PA, dairy farming has come full circle for her family this year:

"One positive thing that happened to our farm this year is that we started shipping milk. My grandparents had dairy cattle when I was young but sold them when their health declined. They sold the farm to my uncle who later sold it to us in 2000. When they sent milk, it was in cans. 50+ years later, my husband built a milkhouse, bought a bred heifer, and now we are milking her daughters and granddaughters. It has taken a long time, but now our farm has once more turned back to a dairy."

--Renee Caruso, a dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, PA

#JuneDairyMonth

For Renee Caruso, a dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, PA, dairy farming has come full circle for her family this year:

"One positive thing that happened to our farm this year is that we started shipping milk. My grandparents had dairy cattle when I was young but sold them when their health declined. They sold the farm to my uncle who later sold it to us in 2000. When they sent milk, it was in cans. 50+ years later, my husband built a milkhouse, bought a bred heifer, and now we are milking her daughters and granddaughters. It has taken a long time, but now our farm has once more turned back to a dairy."

--Renee Caruso, a dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, PA

#JuneDairyMonth

With unusually high feed costs this year, join us on Wednesday, June 23 from 12-1 p.m. for a special edition of our mont...
06/17/2021
How to Manage High Feed Costs — “Protecting Your Profits” June Webinar | Center for Dairy Excellence

With unusually high feed costs this year, join us on Wednesday, June 23 from 12-1 p.m. for a special edition of our monthly "Protecting Your Profits" webinar. Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Professor of Dairy Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University, will share strategies for maximizing milk production while input costs remain high. A timely topic for dairy producers who have been faced with high input costs this year, this will be Dr. Heinrichs’ last official presentation before his retirement so make sure you join us!

Led by Zach Myers, Risk Education Manager at the Center, the free event is available via conference call or webinar format. 👇 Learn how to join!

The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire that next generation of Pennsylvania dairy.

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2301 N Cameron St
Harrisburg, PA
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Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

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