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Scenes from the 2017 YC Summer Break – Southern Routes Tour

YCs from seven states jumped on the Summer Break bandwagon and toured six unique Iredell County dairy farms in North Carolina last month. More than 100 people attended the event.

Day 1 - Grayhouse Farms LLC Kicking off the tour, brothers Jimmy and Andy Gray welcomed YCs and their families to the area. The brothers gave a tour of their current farm operation and calf care facility. The group gathered for a meal, fellowship and entertainment replete with skeet shooting, ziplining and archery.

Day 2 - Stop 1 Lucky L Jerseys Dennis and Mary Beth Leamon of Statesville met the YC tour buses and ushered the group to see their 150 head of Jerseys in the pasture. Mild temperatures and a gorgeous sunny morning set the stage for an educational and interactive visit to Lucky L Jerseys.

Stop 2: Rocky Creek Dairy Dr. Ben Shelton welcomed YCs to his 1,200-cow dairy. He escorted the group around to key parts of the farm including the calf care facility, heifer facility and manure storage.

Stop 3: Stamey Cattle Company The Stamey family graciously welcomed the YCs to their farm for lunch. David Stamey gave a brief presentation of his family’s dairy operation, their livestock export business, drinkable yogurt business and ice cream company.

Stop 4: Talley-Ho Farm Member Ricky Talley greeted the YCs under the shade of his equipment shed where they heard about Ricky’s farm history and recent improvements. YCs broke into small groups to tour the 375 cow dairy.

Stop 5: Brandon and Jackie Lowman The YC two-bus bandwagon trekked to Brandon and Jackie Lowman’s farm in Sherills Ford for the grand finale. The group enjoyed a relaxing dinner, fellowship and a self-guided tour of the dairy.

Many thanks to the Grays, Leamons, Sheltons, Stameys, Talleys and Lowmans for helping host the YC event a success, and to Carolina Farm Credit and Moore’s Dairy Equipment for sponsoring the event.

For more information about the YC program and events, join our private Facebook group, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producer YC's, or contact Daniela Roland at droland@mdvamilk.com.