More than 90 high school students have registered to participate in a day-long tour of two central Pennsylvania dairy farm operations on April 10. The tour is being coordinated by the Center for Dairy Excellence. Registration will remain open until April 1, 2015.

Bus pick-up locations will include:
7:00 a.m. Farm and Home Center, 1381 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
7:45 a.m. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
8:45 a.m. Sheetz-Mifflintown, 24578 PA-35, Mifflintown, PA 17059

There is no cost for attending the tour, thanks to support by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, as well as an Environmental Education Grant from the Department of Environmental Protection.

Lunch will be held at Celebration Hall and is generously provided by Phibro Animal Health Corporation, formerly known as Prince Agri Products, Inc. Students will have the unique opportunity to network with a staff person from the Penn State University’s Dairy and Animal Science Department, Dale Olver.

Reinford Farm, Inc

Reinford Farm, Inc

“We are excited to showcase two unique, innovative, profitable and multi-generational dairies in central Pennsylvania,” said Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager with the center, “This tour will show students the tremendous opportunities available to them in the future within our dairy industry.”

Reinford Farms Inc. is a progressive, environmentally-minded, 610-cow dairy farm nestled on 1,150 acres in the small town of Mifflintown, Pa. The farm was started in 1991 by owner Steve Reinford. They have a 28-cow rotary parlor, with a 300-cow four row, a new 300 cow six row, and two other free stall barns. In 1993, they built a methane digester, which supplies all the farm’s hot water, heats the shop and house, dries corn, and pasteurizes the calf milk. Reinfords also own a tractor and tanker trailer to haul their milk to various processors.

Murmac Farms, LLC

Murmac Farms, LLC

Murmac Farms, LLC, is a partnership between Sherry Craig, Brian Craig and Pamela Whitehill. The farm includes 1,300 milking cows with 1,190 calves and heifers. The farm has a Boumatic Double-20 Parallel Parlor with two, six row freestall barns. They bed with sand and use a flush system to keep alleyways clean. They also have about 1,100 tillable acres.

More details and information can be found by clicking here and then clicking under the Upcoming Events tab. To register, contact Emily Yeiser at the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or eyeiser@centerfordairyexcellence.org.