Veterinarian Continuing Education Workshop Scheduled for Oct. 9


The RACE-Approved Clinic Will Educate Vets on Working with Dairy Clients On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, the Center for Dairy Excellence is hosting a one-day continuing education workshop, titled “Finding the Win-Win: Strengthening Your Vet Practice by Strengthening Your Dairy Clients.” Designed to help veterinarians enhance their ability to consult with dairy clients, the program…

Families Invited to ‘Breakfast on the Farm’ on September 21

Kurtland Farms

The Free Event Highlights Pennsylvania Dairy on a Modern Dairy Farm Families are invited to celebrate Pennsylvania dairy at a free Choose PA Dairy “Breakfast on the Farm” event on September 21, 2019 at Kurtland Farms in Elverson, Pa. From 8 a.m. to noon, adults and children can enjoy a complimentary breakfast featuring local dairy…

‘Choose PA Dairy’ Promotional Materials Available

Choose PA Dairy promotional materials

Request Promotional Materials at No Cost and Encourage the Community to Buy Local Milk With the dairy industry contributing more than 52,000 jobs and $14.7 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy each year, the Choose PA Dairy campaign is offering promotional material at no cost to farmers to help encourage the community to buy local milk. Dairy…

What’s Your Safety Net?


By Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence Executive Director Every time I look at an income statement, I realize just how expensive the cost of doing business can be. When you think about labor, capital and insurance, these items can really eat into your bottom line. But without any one of them, you could be…

Center for Dairy Excellence Offering 2019-20 Grants for Dairy Farms

On-farm team program

Applications for Team Grants and Dairy Decisions Consultants Grants Will Be Accepted Beginning Sept. 1 The Center for Dairy Excellence is offering multiple grants for the 2019-2020 fiscal year to provide dairy farmers with a team approach to decision-making. The team grants allow dairy farmers to establish a dairy profit, transition or transformation team that…

Transforming Your Dairy with a Team Approach

Phoebe Bitler of Vista Grande Farms

Dairy producers know that running a successful business requires teamwork and expertise in multiple areas—from herd health and milk production to finance, business planning and employee management. For Dave and Phoebe Bitler from Vista Grande Farms in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, a team approach to decision-making was just what they needed to transform their business. With 160…

Center for Dairy Excellence Seeking Board of Director Nominations

Farm overhead shot

Nominate a Dairy Producer from the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania The Center for Dairy Excellence Board of Directors is requesting nominations for a dairy producer from Southeast Pennsylvania to fill an open board position. After reaching the two-consecutive term maximum set by the organization’s bylaws, Donald Risser from Bainbridge, Pa., will vacate his position. “Don’s…

Breakfast on the Farm Event Set for September 21

Kurtland Farms

Save the Date and Enjoy Breakfast on the Farm Highlighting Pennsylvania Dairy The first-ever Breakfast on the Farm event will be held on September 21, 2019 from 8 a.m. to noon at Kurtland Farms in Elverson, Pa. The free breakfast is part of the “Choose PA Dairy” campaign and will be open to the public….

Center Focus Column: Eat More Ice Cream

Ice Cream Trail

By Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence Executive Director Thirty-five years ago, US President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month. Since then, people across the country have celebrated the creamy treat and its ability to brighten almost anyone’s mood. Last year the Center worked with Pennsylvania’s Tourism Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department…

Meet Montana, an On-Farm Intern with a Passion for Herd Health

Montana, an on-farm intern, with a calf

From an early age, Montana Stump has cared deeply for animals. After growing up on her family’s hobby farm and spending her weekends at a friend’s dairy farm, she discovered her interest in animal health. “It was fun [growing up on a farm]. My family had rabbits and sheep, and we also had goats, chickens,…