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Dairy Leaders Farm Tour


Beginning in 2013, the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania 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. High school students and agricultural educators are invited to attend either of the tours throughout the year though registration is required.

Questions about the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Farm Tours can be directed to Mary Foote at the Center for Dairy Excellence by phone at 717-346-0849 or via email at

Spring 2017 Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Farm Tour

Join other students and educators to see modern dairy farms while exploring the different technology and careers available in the dairy industry. The tour will first visit the Stoltzfus family of Pennwood Dairy in Somerset County, who milk over 500 cows and use an anaerobic digester, which separates manure solids that are used for cow bedding. Then, buses will travel to West Central Equipment’s Somerset location for lunch and to learn about career opportunities within large equipment technology. Finally, the tour will conclude by visiting Mike and Vickie Baker of Maple Bottom Dairy, in Scottsdale. The Baker’s work their 75-cow operation that utilizes a DeLaval Voluntary Milking System (VMS). 

Register for the tour here!

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Featured Locations: 

  • Pennwood Farms, 262 Sugar Grove School Road, Berlin, Pa 15530
  • West Central Equipment, 729 Red Goose Road, Somerset, Pa 15501
  • Maple Bottom Farm, 237 Catalina Farm Road, Scottsdale, Pa 15683

Charter Bus Pick Up Locations: 

  • Walmart Supercenter, 2600 Plank Road, Altoona, Pa 16602
  • Tractor Supply Co., 88 Bedford Square, Everett, Pa 15537
  • Tractor Supply Co., 100 Tractor Lane, Gibsonia, Pa 15044

Tour Itinerary:

6:45 a.m. – Buses Depart Altoona & Gibsonia Locations
7:30 a.m. – Bus Departs Everett Location
8:30 a.m. – Tour of Pennwood Farms
11:00 a.m. – Buses Depart Pennwood Farms
11:30 a.m. – Luncheon at West Central Equipment
1:00 p.m. – Buses Depart West Central Equipment
2:00 p.m. – Tour of Maple Bottom Farm
3:30 p.m. – Buses Depart Maple Bottom Farm
4:30 p.m. – Charter Bus Arrives at Gibsonia Tractor Supply
5:00 p.m. – Charter Bus Arrives at Everett Tractor Supply
5:50 p.m. – Charter Bus Arrives at Altoona Walmart



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