Deadline Nears for Today’s Ag’ Dairy Display

12/1/2012 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Volunteers are still needed to be part of the “Today’s Agriculture” dairy display Jan. 4-12 at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. They are being asked to contact organizers by Dec. 15.

The “Today’s Agriculture” feature that was unveiled during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show helped to bridge the gap between consumers and the farming community while depicting how dairy and other livestock animals are raised.

The dairy portion of the “Today’s Agriculture” display is being developed by PennAg Industries, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Center for Dairy Excellence to show how dairy cows are housed and cared for in modern dairy facilities.

The 2013 exhibit will expand the dairy portion with video footage of actual dairy farms.

During the week, a dairy freestall facility will be set up within the “Today’s Agriculture” display, complete with mattresses, floor matting, a bunk feeder, fans, a cow brush, and dry cows and a calf from local dairy farmers.

Volunteers are needed to staff the exhibit, visit with spectators, and answer questions about today’s dairy farm practices.

Shifts for “Today’s Agriculture” volunteers are broken into 3.5 hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day of the show. Individuals, families, or company groups are welcome to volunteer.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the display should contact Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager with the Center for Dairy Excellence, at 717-346-0849 or eyeiser<\@>

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