Professional Dairy Managers Elect New Member to Board Celebrate Year of Accomplishments at Annual Meeting

Professional Dairy Managers Elect New Member to Board Celebrate Year of Accomplishments at Annual Meeting

”PDMPThe Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania elected a new member to its board of directors during the PDMP annual meeting held November 3rd at the Lebanon Expo and Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Pa. PDMP members also explored how cow care and comfort ties to profitability with a world renowned expert.

”JustinJustin Risser, part of the fourth generation at Meadow Vista Dairy near Elizabethtown, PA was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for a three year term beginning January 1, 2011. A Delaware Valley College graduate, Justin is the herd manager on the farm of 750 cows, 600 heifers and 650 acres in crops. He oversees the maternity pen, fresh cows, milking parlor, hired labor and the reproduction program for both heifers and cows.

The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania elected a new member to its Board of Directors at the annual meeting held November 3, in Lebanon, Pa. Justin Risser is a fourth generation dairyman in Lancaster County.





”GlennNew board member: The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania re-elected its President to his second term on the Board of Directors at the annual meeting held November 3, in Lebanon, Pa. Glenn Gorrell, here with Robin, his wife and partner of Gorrell Dairy, Bradford County was also recently named by Governor Corbett to serve on his Dairy Advisory Council.




It was no surprise that current PDMP President Glenn Gorrell was re-elected to his second term on the Board of Directors. Gorrell is completing his first term on the Board and his second as President of PDMP. He has received much support during his tenure as an effective and forward thinking leader of this, the only organization driven by dairy producers for dairy producers. A review of accomplishments and advancements over the past year, presented by Executive Director Alan Novak, at the annual meeting, was lengthy and Novak credited everything from efficiencies and cost savings to extraordinary programs and collaborations, to Gorrell and the current board. “This leadership is indicative of the entire membership…dairymen and women who are not only willing to think outside the box and take risks necessary to improve their bottom line, they are eager and intent in sharing their experiences and knowledge with other producers throughout the Commonwealth.” Novak said.

Risser replaces Dale Hoffman of Kar-Dale Acres in Shinglehouse, Pa., who, elected twice, will meet his term limit on the Board of Directors at the end of 2011. Most recently, Hoffman has served as the group’s treasurer.

”DaleOutgoing board member: The Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania executive board will bid good-bye to two term board member, Dale Hoffman whose terms expired at the conclusion of 2011.

“Dale has been a tremendous asset to the PDMP’s executive board,” said Gorrell at the Annual Meeting. “He has brought a wealth of knowledge in dairy production and business. And Dale has been a steady and reliable filter through which we measure all issues and programs as to how they will impact the dairy producer. ” said Gorrell, adding: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dale so closely and I know he will be a continued resource to our Board and membership.”

Some of the year’s highlights upon which Novak reported included:

• PDMP farms hosted three student interns during the summer.

• More than 350 members, guests, and local and state legislators attended three on-farm member meetings.

• Governor Corbett’s recent appointment of members of his newly created Dairy Advisory Council are
almost entirely active PDMP members.

• The PDMP Corn Silage Research Trials featured 138 hybrids from 15 seed companies.

• PDMP continued to increase its collaborative efforts with other dairy support organizations, going so far as to increase its membership on the Board to include representatives of the Center for Dairy Excellence and the PA Dairymen’s Association to further open and expand their partnerships.

The annual meeting also featured a presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Gordie Jones, a preeminent Wisconsin veterinarian and Managing Partner of Central Sands Dairy who consults throughout the United States, and Europe. Jones’ topic was “Back to Basics” in cow care and comfort.

Jones shared a lifetime of insights in how caring for the cow should be the core of a dairy producers business plan. “The cow is everything,” Jones said. “Without her, the dairy doesn’t exist and so everything we do is about making her comfortable. And the fun part is that if she is comfortable, she produces more”.

Jones was joined on a panel discussion with attendees, by local producers Tony Brubaker and Joel Krall. The stage was set with the financial verification that cow care “pays” by AgChoice Farm Credit consultant Mike Hosterman.

In other business, several upcoming programs were announced, including the 2012 Dairy Tour which will be in California March 19-22, and the PA Dairy Summit February 8&9, hosted by PDMP and the CDE.

Sponsors of the Annual Meeting and Issues Forum included: Red Barn Consulting, Agricultural Veterinary Associates, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, American Farm Products, BouMatic, Fulton Bank, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Select Sires, White Oak Mills, Novus International, Farmer Boy Ag, and Mark Hershey Farms.

For more information about PDMP membership, or opportunities for meeting sponsorship, contact PDMP at 877-326-5993 or info@pdmp.org

11.10.2011