‘Dairy Leaders’ tour to showcase DD Drycreek, Kulp dairies
High school students with an interest in dairy should apply now to participate in a day-long tour of two Blair County dairy farms on April 11. The tour is being coordinated by the Center for Dairy Excellence and supported by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania as part of its Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program. Applications must be received by March 31.
DD Drycreek Farm is a multi-generational family business owned and operated by Doug and Veronica Smith, Martinsburg, Pa. It consists of about 150 milking cows and about 400 acres of cropland. The Smiths have a parlor and freestall set-up, which includes a greenhouse barn for their heifers. They also recently installed solar panels which provide about one-fifth of their energy needs for the farm.
Kulp Family Dairy LLC is owned by Phil and Larry Kulp. The home farm includes 1,430 milking cows with two satellite dairies that house 700 and 450 cows, respectively. The home farm has a Boumatic Double-25 Parallel Parlor with a tunnel ventilated freestall barn. The sand from the home farm is separated and the pressed manure is used as bedding on the satellite dairies and heifer facilities. The farm crops about 4,000 acres, all no tilled, with about 1,000 acres that are double cropped. About 20-25% of the farm’s milk supply is sold into the Kosher market.
Those interested in the tour must complete a brief application and include a statement on why they are interested in the dairy industry. The application must also be signed by their agriculture teacher or an educational advisor and a parent. Absentee excuse forms should also be submitted with the application, so they can be signed to ensure that the tour is considered an educational field trip.
Applications can be downloaded from www.centerfordairyexcellence.org under “Upcoming Events” or in the “Student and Educator” section. Call 717-346-0849 to request an application.
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