Real-Life Visits to Pennsylvania Dairy Farms

The Dairy Excellence Foundation hosts annual day-long farm tours to give high school students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of modern working dairy farms. These dairy farm visits showcase careers within the dairy industry as well as modern agricultural technologies used to help improve today’s farming practices.

2021 DLT Farm Tour

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Four-Zag Hill Farm, Berwick and Whitenight Family Farm, Orangeville in Columbia County, PA as well as Milkhouse Creamery, Drums in Luzerne County

Held In-Person and Virtually

Offered both in-person and virtually, the day-long event gave high school students a firsthand look at Pennsylvania dairy farms and exposure to different careers available within the dairy industry. Students met farmers and industry professionals from two dairy farms and one creamery in Columbia County and Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Students and educators asked questions about today’s dairy farming practices and career opportunities.

Virtual Links

Click on the links below to view the Virtual Farm Tours from Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Photos from this year’s event:

2021 DLT In-Person Tour Participants at Whitenight Family Farm in Orangeville, PA
Mikayla, 2021 – 2022 Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess with Andy, Crop Insurance Agent; Dr. Jody, Herd Veterinarian; Melissa, Owner; and Reuben, Feed Specialist at Whitenight Family Farm in Orangeville, Columbia County, PA
Melissa, Dairy Farmer at Whitenight Family Farm, answered questions from participants on the DLT Virtual Farm Tour at her self-serve market.
Dr. Jody, Herd Veterinarian, talked to students about her education, responsibilities, favorite parts, and struggles of her career.
Andy, Crop Insurance Agent, discussed his career and answered questions from students during the DLT Virtual Farm Tour.
Students on the DLT In-Person Farm Tour were treated to lunch, ice cream, and a tour of the Milkhouse Creamery in Drums, Luzerne County, PA.
Mikayla, 2021-2022 Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess with Sue, co-owner; Erik, milk and ice cream processor; Paul, co-owner; and Bryan, ice cream processor at Milkhouse Creamery in Drums, PA.
Lewis, an Ag Engineer, discussed the construction of this barn and his career with students at Four-Zag Hill Farm in Berwick, Columbia County, PA.
Mikayla, 2021-2022 Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess, with Lewis, Ag Engineer; Mike, Ag Consultant; David, Extension Livestock Agent; John, Ag Consultant; and Rosalie Zaginaylo, Dairy Farmer at Four-Zag Hill Farm in Berwick, Columbia County, PA.
Calves and New Mom at the Maternity Pens at Four-Zag Hill Farm in Berwick.

The next DLT Farm Tour is being planned for October 2022.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michelle Shearer at or 570-768-8316.