Frank Stoltzfus, Masonic Village Farm
2016 BQA Cow-Calf Award
Masonic Villages is a full continuum of retirement living, personal care, and nursing services which serves more than 1,500 residents. Masonic Village Farm raises 180 cow-calf pairs, and farms about 600 acres of land. Throughout the history of the farming operation, their primary goal and focus has been to economically produce high quality agricultural products while protecting and enhancing the natural resources through conservation measures and sound best management practices through BQA.
Reid and Diane Hoover, Brook-Corner, LLC
2016 Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Award
Brook-Corner, LLC currently milks 340 Registered Holsteins and owns an additional 400 head of young stock on their farm in addition to farming 130 acres of crops to sustain the cattle. Brook-Corner, LLC holds themselves to a very high standard and accountability of cattle care and expects their employees to fulfill those very same duties and standards. Employees are trained by one of the owners to ensure they understand the BQA best management practices and other daily procedures. The farm and the cows are the Hoover’s livelihood and legacy, and they only wish to be the best care takers possible in order to produce high quality meat and milk.
BQA Award Application
The Pennsylvania Beef Council is now taking applications for outstanding beef and dairy producers for the
PA BQA Awards. Applications are due May 1, 2017!
Pennsylvania Beef Producers Survey
The PA Beef Producers Working Group (PA BPWG) is calling all PA Beef Producers to fill out this very important beef industry survey. The survey is a first of its kind and will gather information about the characteristics of the beef industry in PA and the challenges that can be addressed through education and training. Results of the survey will be used to offer targeted educational outreach and training on topics related to beef production. This will help maintain and grow a viable beef production industry in PA and help sustain this important agricultural sector of the economy.
The PA BPWG is made up of the PSU Extension Livestock Team, PA Beef Council, PA Cattlemen’s Association and The Center for Beef Excellence and is funded by the PA Department of Agriculture.