HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 2015 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will be held Feb. 4-5 at the Lancaster Marriot at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster.
Organized by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, the annual summit usually brings in more than 500 dairy producers and other industry enthusiasts.
Brian Houin will present a showcase of Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Ind. The Houin family established the original dairy in 1945 and have since purchased two other operations. Today, the three dairy facilities include about 2,700 milking cows, along with more than 3,000 replacement heifers.
David Masser from Masser Potatoes will present a showcase of Sterman Masser Inc., a family-owned potato farming company based in Sacramento, Pa., that combines eight generations of potato farming experience with today’s newest potato farming technology.
In addition to the business showcases, the summit’s general session will feature Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, who will discuss emerging issues and their influence on the food supply, including GMO technology, OSHA regulations, and increasing safety regulations and standards.
Arnot will also participate in a breakout session on how to talk to nonfarm neighbors about the benefits of GMOs in the food supply. It will be one of 10 breakouts that will cover everything from bulletproofing your balance sheet to understanding why cows die on the dairy.
For the second year, the summit will include a forage analysis competition. Entry forms will soon be available for producers to submit samples in six categories, including conventional corn silage, BMR corn silage, perennial legume silage, mixed perennial silage, cool season annual silage, and forage sorghum silage.
Class sponsors are being solicited, with a top prize of $1,000 available in each class.
New this year will be “Side Servings” discussion groups during exhibit and breakout sessions to allow producers to share ideas and solutions. Topics will include satellite dairies, managing grass forage mixes, EPA permitting, heat monitoring and ruminant activity detectors, robotics, and app technology.
For more information, contact Caroline Novak at 877-326-5993 or caroline<\@>pdmp.org, or Jayne Sebright at 717-259-6496 or jsebright<\@>centerfordairyexcellence.org.