About PA Dairymen’s Association

About PA Dairymen's AssociationPA Dairymen’s Association was originally formed as the Crawford County Dairy Association in 1871.

Within 17 years, the county group had become a statewide organization with a focus on supporting Pennsylvania dairy farms.

In 1954, the Association joined together with Valley Grange #1360 from Lewisberry, Pa. to serve hand-dipped milkshakes at the annual Pa. Farm Show.

More than 65 years later, the Association is still serving their now famous milkshakes each year to Farm Show’s visitors. The Association also provides fried cheese cubes, ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches during the Pa. Farm Show.

Proceeds from the sale of milkshakes benefit agricultural scholarships, youth programs and educational programs across the state.

The PA Dairymen’s Association is governed by a dairy farmer Board of Directors and is lead by executive director is Dave Smith.

Board Members:

Front row: Melissa Campbell, Junia Isiminger, Sue Beshore, President, Josie Riser. Back row: Dave Smith, Executive Director, Reid Hoover, Troy Hill, Vice-President, William Lesher, David Bitler, Nate Ulmer.


Associate Board Members

Front row: Dr. Lisa Holden, Penn State University, Dave Smith, Executive Director, Emily Yeiser, Center for Dairy Excellence, Brian Harris, Jim Sharp, All-American Dairy Show, Jeff Harding, Elanco, Keith Spicher, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. Not pictured: Kirk Sattazahn, Select Sire Power Inc., Ken Raney, Pennsylvania Holstein Association and Allyn Lamb.