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A2O-Uncasttr Farming, Saturday, November 26, 1994
VERNON ACHENBACH JR.
Lancaster Fanning Staff
Co.) About 150 people
attended the annual meeting of the
Lebanon County Dairy Herd
Improvement Association, held
Tuesday at the Myerstown Church
of the Brethren to review the orga
nization’s activities over the past
year and elect directors.
An affiliate of the Pa. DHIA, the
county organization’s president
Ken Sellers, of Annville, intro
duced members and helped present
Elected as directors were Jay
Good, Phares Musser, and Jay
Dale Hoover, with a farm near
Sellers, is on the 14-member state
board of directors.
Hoover talked about the efforts
of the state organization to provide
premium services at competitive
costs, while at the same time
attempting to reduce overhead
The state organization has had a
number of personnel changes,
including the hiring of Ted Brown
as state director of finance and per
sonnel, and with Dixie Burris
being named to head the state
laboratory, located in State
Other significant changes
include paying off the property
debt at the main state office/
laboratory at State College, which
it had been renting from Penn State
He also announced “fee adjust
ments" that went into effect Oct. 1,
“Because the last two years, we’ve
been operating at a deficit,” and
also because, “A detailed analysis
showed that most rates were not
reflecting costs,” Hoover said.
In particular. Hoover said that
mostly the twice-day testing prog
ram users would get the biggest
adjustment, while not much
change would affect those using
the AM-PM program.
He also announced that the state
annual meeting has been set for
March 10 in State College (more
details to be announced later) and
has been planned as a one-day
event, rather than a two-day event,
as had been the tradition.
David Shenk 111, regional mana
ger, told the group that they should
stay in touch with their techni
cians, especially with respect to
scheduling testing times. He said
that communications of informa
tion such as times that are inconve
nient for testing, is important to
maintaining efficiency and
He also announced that the state
is offering a Westfalia Dairy Plan
computer program for use in dairy
He said it is a good software
package, although more training
programs are to be held.
Previously, before significant
changes in personnel at the state
level, Pa.DHIA had promoted the
use of another computer program.
This new program is being offered
for sale to members with a free
trial period. Shenk said members
should ask their technician about
the program, or call the state office
at (800) 344-8378 and ask for Dan
Smith, or Pat Tonelli.
In other business, Kenneth
Winebark, county extension agent.
DHIA Members Meet
From the left, in the front, Vincent Wagner of Ju-Vindale Holateins, holds his two
DHIA production awards earned for low herd somatic ceil count and high protein,
while Curvin Good holds two awards he received for high milk production and protein
production by a individual cow, which also topped the state for milk production. In the
back row, from the left, are county directors Dale Hoover and George Ungemach, Pa.
DHIA Director of Finance and Personnel Ted Brown, county board chairman Kenneth
Sellers, and Kenneth Winebark, county extension agent.
announced to the group that he
would be leaving extension service
after 10 years working in the coun
ty, with an emphasis on helping
develop its youth programs.
In a farewell address, Winebaik
National Show Lamb Title
Davis, 18, was awarded the East
ern National Livestock Show
junior market lamb title.
Paula is a member of the Mid
dletown FFA livestock judging
team that placed first in the state
and went to Kansas City for
told the group that he is going to . * s 1° devote
continue to work with youth, but himself to doing as much as he can
through a youth ministry. For helping these children that most
some time. Wine bark has been agencies or organizations can’t
working with troubled children.' attract or don’t want.
Paula is active in Frederick
County 4-H for 11 years and is a
member of the Middletown FFA.
She is attending Frederick Com
munity College with a major in
She has won many champions in
classes such as breeding sheep,
market lambs, and leadline show
ing from county fairs to state and
national competition. She has a
sheep farm of about 90 head of
registered Hampshires and regis
Paula is also a National 4-H
Youth Congress delegate for
Maryland and sells club lambs to
help with college funding. She
works at Glade Valley Animal