The Center for Dairy Excellence will host its first "Open House and Dairy Tour" at Windy Lane Jerseys, a 160-cow operation managed by Ryan and Jen Clark in Tyrone, Blair County. The Clarks started leasing the facilities in 2007 from Todd Lewis and have a long-term lease agreement on the 170-acre property.
"The Clarks represent the next generation of dairy entrepreneurs interested in production agriculture who are looking to build equity in their dairy herd before taking on land ownership," said John Frey, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence. "With the average age of Pennsylvania's dairy farm owners approaching 60 years old, the Clarks' relationship with Lewis is a model of how a non-family partnership can work in the dairy business."
Tour the facility and learn more about this unique partnership at the center's "Open House and Dairy Tour" on Thursday, June 28, from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The open house will feature a tour of the facilities and a short program, which includes a look at the Clark's management style and best management practices. A picnic-style lunch is also part of the event, which is offered at no cost to neighboring dairy farm families and other members of the dairy community.
The Clark's dairy operation includes a double-six milking parlor and two sand-bedded freestall barns. The newer barn was built in 2011 to accommodate the Clark's growing herd. About 180 replacement heifers are housed in sand-bedded portable freestall buildings. The facility is located at 318 Crawford Road in Tyrone, about 18 miles north of Altoona.
The Blair County event is the first of two "Open House and Dairy Tours" hosted by the center this summer. The second will be held on Thursday, July 6, at Brook-Corner Holsteins, owned by Reid and Diane Hoover, 400 Mount Wilson Rd., Lebanon, Lebanon County. Although both events are free, pre-registration is requested.
Both events are open to anyone within the local dairy community, and sponsorship opportunities are available. To pre-register for either event, call the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more information about the events, visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org
and look under "Upcoming Events."