Jan 20

Randy & Paula Meabon, Dairy Farmers

Randy & Paula MeabonRandy and Paula were the 3rd generation to farm Randy’s Grandparents’ Farm. They owned over 300 acres and milked 140 cows.  They farmed for 40 years and have recently sold the farm and retired.  They both were extremely active in 4H and Pennsylvania and National Dairy Boards.  They talked about how dairy farming is a 365 day a year job but they found it to be a very fulfilling life.

Pennsylvania ranks #6 in the country for dairy production and Dairy Farming is the #1 industry on PA.

Some interesting facts:

  • 1 dairy cow produces $14,000 worth of income a year.
  • It takes 10 lbs of milk to make 1 lb of cheese
  • A gallon of milk is 8.6 lbs
  • A cow eats 75 lbs of feed a day

Thank you to Randy & Paula for such an interesting and informative talk!

Jan 12

Gregory Austin – Targeted Pet Treats

GregAustineOur speaker was introduced by Ruby Wiles. Greg came from Pittsburgh where he was employed by DelMonte Foods until June of 2016. He came to Warren to be General Manager of Targeted Pet Treats because Rhonda Sisson and Elliott Haverlack were looking to be less involved in the day to day work of the business.

Greg was recently made President of the company which is owned by Ainsworth (Dad’s Dog Food) , Rhonda Sisson and Elliot Haverlack.

TPT makes edible dog treats for a number of well known companies. They have no products manufactured under their name. Business has been very good, going from 240 employees in 2015 to 430 employees at the end of 2016.
In the first 10 months of 2016 TPT produced 57,774,748 Dog Chews.