Dairy Twilight Tours Offer Education and Fellowship
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting three twilight tours for producers to view innovative farms, see educational dairy displays, socialize with neighbors and enjoy ice cream.
All the tours are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Detailed information for each of the meetings is available at http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/events/twilight-tour.
Meeting dates and locations are:
- July 6, Pine View Dairy, 2225 New Danville Pike, Lancaster, Lancaster County. Pine View Dairy is a beautiful 240-cow farm with its own creamery and store. A successful business since the ’70s, they produce fresh milk and ice cream daily which have become local favorites. This family-owned and -operated farm utilizes precision technology such as a cow monitor system and other technologies to achieve outstanding production. Ice cream is being donated by Pine View Dairy. For more information contact Mauricio Rosales, email@example.com, 717-394-6851.
- July 17, Peck Hill Farms, 1604 Merry Go Round Road, Rome, Bradford County. Peck Hill Farms is a fourth generation farm owned by Sharon and the late Robert Brown. Sharon and her family own 650 acres and care for over 350 calves, heifers, and cows. They milk 150 of their herd of Holstein and Jersey cows, twice daily in a double eight parlor. Their new calf barn was built last year, and it can hold up to 45 calves. In their spare time, they enjoy showing their Holstein cattle in the local shows and at Harrisburg. Ice cream is being donated by First Citizens Bank. For more information contact Colleen Chapman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-265-2896.
- July 31, Hard Earned Acres, 1317 Ritner Highway, Shippensburg, Franklin County. Hard Earned Acres is an innovative 630-cow dairy owned by Bob and Barb Keefer, with two milking parlors (the small parlor is used only for fresh and treated cows) and an anaerobic digester. The digester can hold 700,000 gallons of manure and collects methane gas which is then converted to electricity. This electricity powers the entire farm, the house, and generates surplus power that is sold back to the electric company. Ice cream is being donated by AgChoice Farm Credit, Chambersburg. For more information, contact Cassie Yost, email@example.com, 717-263-9226.
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