Pennsylvania Holstein Convention
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Holstein breeders and enthusiasts will be warmly welcomed for the 58th Pennsylvania Holstein Convention and 101st annual business meeting, Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, March 1, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, State College. Below are highlights and information for the three-day event to be held in central Pennsylvania’s picturesque Happy Valley and the nearby region.
The 101st Pennsylvania Holstein annual meeting is scheduled for 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27.
The annual awards einner and Junior fun auction are scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Entertainment for the awards program will be Van Wagner, a Pennsylvania educator who entertains audiences with music and history. His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA TV, as well as Country Music Television (CMT).
Farm and historic tours
Join Holstein breeders from across the state as the tour showcases some of central Pennsylvania’s most technologically and genetically advanced dairy farms. The tour on Friday, February 28, is from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.. One of the featured operations will be Penn-England, LLC, locaed in the beautiful mountainous region around Williamsburg, just a 20-minute drive from both Huntingdon and Altoona. The stop at Penn-England is sure to impress and educate all tour-goers.
Penn-England was established by Fred and Cindy England in 1978 and now, along with Fred and Cindy, the partnership includes Keith England; Dr. Barry England, Jr.; Yvette Longenecker and Tracy McMonagle. The dairy currently milks around 2000 cows and crop farms roughly 2600 acres. Several of the highlights to see at Penn-England are their anaerobic digester, which provides the farm with all of its electricity needs, and of course their herd containing some of the most elite genetics in the breed.
The tour will also feature Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, on the grounds of the Ag Progress Days event. The museum highlights hundreds of rare farm and home implements from the muscle-power era, before the invention of electricity and gasoline-powered engines.
The convention banquet on Friday, February 28, starting at 7:00 p.m., will recognize the Hall of Fame, Pioneer, Distinguished Supporter and Young Breeder award winners. Entertainment on Friday evening will feature Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Brothers, who have taken to social media to tell the farm story through songs and parodies that have been viewed by over 23 million people in the last year alone. The Peterson Brothers YouTube videos help explain modern farming to the public who have lost touch with modern farming technologies.
Dairy bar and commercial exhibits
The convention will include the always popular commercial exhibits area where you can see the newest in industry technology and visit with industry representatives from many disciplines of the industry. The Central District Dairy Bar committee is planning a very special dairy bar, featuring many local products. This is an area not to miss during the convention.
The sale will take place on Saturday, March , at the Snider Agriculture Arena on the Penn State University Campus, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pre-sale hospitality for the morning begins at 8:30 a.m. The sale will offer 70 head of cattle, embryo packages, and choices from some of the top genetics and cow families in the United States. To receive a sale catalog email, email@example.com or call, 814.234.0364.
To make your lodging reservation, please contact the Ramada Inn & Conference Center directly at 814-238-3001 or by visiting www.ramadasc.com. In order to receive a rate discount, be sure to indicate that you are with the Pennsylvania Holstein Convention. Room reservations are due by Wednesday, February 12. Lodging rates are $72/room (single or double), plus tax. Registration is also required for convention events.