Also re-elected as Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association officers were: Joyce Bupp, Seven Valleys, Pa., vice chairwoman; Jeff Moore, Centreville, Md., secretary; and Jerrel Heatwole, Greenwood, Del., treasurer.
In addition to Harold Shaulis as chairman, the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program board also re-elected the following officers: Jeff Raney, Adamsville, Pa., first vice chairman; Harold Bailey, Roaring Springs, Pa., second vice chairman; Christine Cooney, Spartansburg, Pa., secretary; Joyce Bupp, Seven Valleys, Pa., assistant secretary; Bertha Ackerson, Marion Center, Pa., treasurer; Rita Kennedy, Valencia, Pa., assistant treasurer; and Jim Warburton, New Albany, Pa., finance and audit committee.
For the past eight years, the two promotion boards have worked closely together to bring dairy checkoff programs to the Mid-Atlantic region. Dairy checkoff programs continue to focus on promotion, education and research of dairy through a variety of programs aimed at increasing the demand for and sale of milk and dairy products.
Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program are the local planning and management organizations funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars. They work closely with Dairy Management Inc.™ and are responsible for increasing demand for dairy products on behalf of Mid-Atlantic dairy farmers. For more information, visit dairyspot.com.
Source: Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program
Allen receives Richard Popp Memorial Leadership Award
George Allen, owner/operator of Allenwaite Farms Inc., Easton, N.Y., received the Richard Popp Memorial Leadership Award at the 2014 Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) Conference.
Allen and his father, Norman, grew the family’s herd of 100 milking Holsteins to 270 cows in 1974, building the farm’s first freestall barn. The herd was expanded to 500 cows in 1993; 1999 brought the addition of a new calf barn and a venture into the world of automated calf feeding systems.
George and his wife, Paula, raised three sons, Aaron, Ross and Travis. Aaron and Travis returned to the family farm after graduating from Cornell.
When Aaron returned home in 2002, they build a new barn and milking center, propelling the farm to a milking herd of over 1,000 cows. The past 10 years have seen continued growth and development, as son Travis returned to the farm in 2006. The team implemented a new manure system, and continued to build barns, including a new heifer facility in 2011, resulting in a total milking herd of 1,700 cows.