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1709 PD: Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania is Proud to Dairy

Published on 19 November 2009

Producers all over the country are proud to dairy. Another producer has found a new way to share that pride at her local fair.

With a little help from Proud to Dairy, Susan Hauck, proud dairywoman and mother of a Pennsylvania county dairy princess, and the Eager Beaver Dairy 4-H club, were able to display their pride at the Beaver Community Fair.

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“We hung up Proud to Dairy posters throughout the dairy barn at the fairgrounds and the showring and told people what it was about,” Hauck says. “And we had a drawing for Proud to Dairy hats.” Hauck wanted to give producers a reason to reflect on the main reasons they are in the business, so she had dairy producers write down why they are proud to dairy. She found that even though times are tough, they all have reasons far more important than money to be in the industry.

“A lot of the [producers] were discouraged because of milk prices,” Hauck says. “One thing we tried to say was, ‘We know you’re discouraged, but yet there is a reason you’re doing this. Why are you doing this?’ Then we would talk about dairying and they would say, ‘Well ... I do this because...’ And I would say, that’s how you want to express your feelings [on the poster board]. I think it helped people realize even though milk prices aren’t the greatest we still do it because we enjoy doing what we do.”

You don’t have to wait for the county or community fair to gather fellow dairymen and women to talk about why it’s great to dairy. And don’t be afraid to let your neighbors and friends know you are happy to bring them a product that is good for them and great for the community.

Pennsylvania isn’t the only place that is proud to dairy. At the beginning of November, Proud to Dairy website membership had grown to 220, with Wisconsin pulling ahead of Pennsylvania with 37 members. Producers in Germany and France have also joined our community. PD

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