2020 Fall Farm Tour Details
What: 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 while showcasing careers within the dairy industry as well as agricultural technologies used to help improve today’s farming practices. This year’s farm tour was virtual!
When: The event was on Friday, October 9, 2020 during two different segments.
Details: The first segment during the virtual farm tour was held at Maple Bottom Farm in Dawson, Pennsylvania. Students can experience the farm’s robotic milking technology and learn about the cheese-making process. For students who are interested in exploring careers in the value-added space, such as cheese-making or ice cream making, this will be an informative tour. They will also gain exposure to the financial side of the dairy industry and hear from an accountant who works with the dairy farm and to hear from an engineer who operates the farm’s robotic milking equipment.
The second segment takes place at Pennwood Farms in Berlin, Pennsylvania. After taking a virtual tour of the Stoltzfus family farm, students hear from the farm’s veterinarian and learn about herd health, animal care, and the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process. In addition, the nutritionist discusses their role on the farm and animal care and how he became a nutritionist.
Resources: Here are direct links to resources available from each farm tour:
- Maple Bottom Farm
- Pennwood Farm