At Stap Dairy Farm in Pine Bush, New York, it’s just Robert Stap, his wife, Stacey, and their son Garrett with no other employees. The family makes it work and even has the time to keep their farm spiffy enough to receive one of the nine New York Dairy of Distinction honors recently awarded. Read more

Karen and Mike Hooper own River Ridge Dairy LLC in Memphis, New York, one of the nine farms in the Empire State receiving the Dairy of Distinction award. River Ridge milks 118 between two Lely robotic systems. The Hoopers operate the farm with certified organic management. Read more

Seven college students participated in this year’s on-farm internship program offered through a partnership between the Center for Dairy Excellence, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. Read more

Scattered Acres Inc. is literally scattered. The incorporated farm has multiple properties with animals and crops spread out in seven townships within two counties, Berks and Lancaster. Brothers Ed, David and Paul Hartman have owned and managed Scattered Acres since 1980. Read more

One year ago in April, I was invited to give a lecture to a delegation visiting the University of Maryland from Taiwan on dairying in Maryland. This was followed with a farm visit to Glamourview Farm to observe new precision dairy technology. As a result of those interactions, I received an … Read more

Jessica Peters has dairy farming in her blood. The Pennsylvania farm girl grew up on the same Meadville dairy farm, Spruce Row, that she now co-owns with her parents and younger brother. Peters is a 2007 Penn State animal science major who was focused on the veterinarian track, but life had other plans. Read more

Dirty cows usually mean a dirty tail and dirty tails can come from dirty stalls. Long tails are here to stay since the ban of tail docking. But thankfully, managing manure for cow hygiene is more automated than it’s ever been. Read more

For the past 18 years, Kevin and Beth Myers have worked closely with Kevin’s parents, Kenneth and Martha, to successfully transition the family farm, Myra-Brek Farm. The younger Myerses purchased the dairy herd in 2001 and the farm in 2003. Their next goal is to finish paying off the farm. In the meantime, the family was selected as a Dairy of Distinction farm. Read more

Goat farmer and cheese maker Peter Demchur and his wife, Jeanne LeVasseur, raise Nubian goats, a breed whose milk is noted for its high butter fat content, which is perfect for the onsite cheese-making facility. Their farm was honored with a Dairy of Distinction award. Read more

Last year in June, we invited all dairy farm families from within the commonwealth to participate in a survey to help identify the needs and trends of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. The survey was part of the larger Pennsylvania Dairy Study that looked at all aspects of our dairy industry. T… Read more

LA CROSSE, Wis. — At its recent annual meeting, Organic Valley announced that business grew more than 4 percent in 2017, with gross sales exceeding $1.1 billion for the second year in a row. However, the cooperative posted its first financial loss in 20 years. Read more