HOST DAY TOURS & EVENTS
Wednesday, June 23
The Pennsylvania Breeders Tour
Breakfast on the Farm at Brook Corner Holsteins
Mercer Vu, Hissong Family
A hearty breakfast starts your day at Brook-Corner Holsteins. Owned by the Hoover family, Brook-Corner milks 375 Registered Holsteins with a RHA of 27,000. There you can visit Brook-Corner Atwood Woozy EX-94 and her offspring. The herd is also home to 29 EX and 172 VG cows. A manure separation system is also a part of this operation. From there you will journey to visit 2 farms near the southern border of the state. Due to a fire at Oakleigh Farm, the Brake family’s Registered Holsteins are housed in a newly constructed barn where they are milked, fed, and kept clean by the help of robotics! Sire selections in this home bred herd emphasizes Red & White, polled, and A2A2 genetics. Numerous bulls have been marketed to AI and embryos have sold worldwide. Then you visit nearby Mercer Vu Farm. The Hissong family milks 1,550 Holsteins and they farm 5,000 acres. Cows on this innovative dairy are milked in a double 28 herringbone parlor and bedded with recycled sand. The tour includes breakfast and lunch.
Amish to "English"
Breakfast at Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Star-Rock Farm, Barley Family
New Holland Agriculture
The day begins with breakfast at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord. You will visit an Amish dairy farm with Registered Holsteins. Star Rock Holsteins and the Barley family continue the tour. This 1,500-cow herd of Registered Holsteins has a RHA of 28,800 and has bred multiple All-PA and All-American nominations. New Holland Agriculture, manufacturer of hay and forage equipment, welcomes you on a tour of their facility. Closed toe shoes are required for the plant tour. The tour includes breakfast and lunch.
Cows to Cones
Breakfast at Shady Maple Restaurant
Merrymead Farm Association, Rothenberger Family
Klein Creamery, Klein Family
Breakfast at Shady Maple Smorgasbord starts your day. Then visit three value-added farm enterprises. Merrymead Farm Association, the Rothenberger family, features a fifth generation milk processing operation and a farm store. Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery has a farm store to market raw milk, cheese, beef, and their signature Happy Holstein Ice Cream. Founded in 2007 by the Rotelle family, September Farm is a maker of various types of cheeses in their state-of-the-art facility. You will view the cheese making process in Honey Brook. The tour includes breakfast and lunch.
Wednesday, June 23
Learn to Talk the Dairy Talk • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
How do you think you would respond to someone stopping you on the street and asking you about the dairy industry? Pennsylvania Junior Holstein holds a yearly contest honing in on this skill. Experience a taste of Pennsylvania by testing your knowledge and ability to speak with consumers’ knowledge in mind, with guidance from the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess team.
Luncheon for Juniors & Adults
$20 per person • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
On the menu today is a gourmet sandwich buffet with brownies and lemon bars for dessert.
Junior Awards Banquet
$25 per person • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Spend your evening with friends honoring and recognizing youth members for their accomplishments, including the naming of the DJM Finalists. Pennsylvania native, Emily Shaw will be the keynote speaker. Emily is the owner and founder of Dairy Girl Fitness, Empowering Women with Food and Fitness - Eat More, Lose Weight and Build Muscle. The dinner includes a salad, variety of pasta, meat, and sauce options, and dessert.
Sale Cattle Preview & Dinner
$10 per person • 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Take a ride to the West Lampeter Community Fairgrounds to check out our stellar national sale lineup and enjoy a delectable pork BBQ meal along with other PA preferred foods and treats from local commodity groups. Drinks and milkshakes will be provided. Buses start departing the Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center at 5:00 p.m. The last bus will leave for the fairgrounds at 6:00 p.m. Final bus will depart the fairgrounds at 9:30 p.m.