HARRISBURG, Pa. — Three dairy industry leaders — Jeff Ainslie, Jeff Harding, and Wal-Moore Farms — received the Pacesetter Award from the Center for Dairy Excellence at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, Feb. 7 in Lancaster, Pa.
The Pacesetter Award recognizes individuals who work to build a positive image of the Pennsylvania dairy industry to create a prosperous, marketable future for producers and supporting industries.
Jeff Ainslie, Lititz, Pa., is a partner in Red Barn Consulting, an ag consulting and engineering firm. A great asset Ainslie has brought to many dairy operations is his ability to help farms think through a business and expansion planning process,. Ainslie facilitates numerous dairy teams and has been a strong advocate of applying the team concept to improving profitability and planning on the dairy farm.
The second Pacesetter Award winner is Jeff Harding, State College, Pa. He was one of the first two associate members to the Professional Dairy Managers board of directors, serving on the board from 2004 through 2009, where he has chaired the past few spring dairy tours. Harding is an executive sales representative with Elanco Animal Health.
The final Pacesetter Award was awarded to Wal-Moore Farms, an 800-milking cow dairy operation in Chatham, Pa. Wal-Moore celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009, marking a century of progression, innovation and stewardship to both the land and the community. Four generations of Moores have been part of the operation, which now consists of 1,200 acres and 800 milking cows. Walt Moore is currently the president and general manager of the operation, with his father Bill and wife Ellen also actively involved.