Western Dairy Celebrates June Dairy Month
Our June Dairy Month celebration took place a week ago at the Platte River Fort in Greeley, and we couldn’t have been more proud or privileged to thank our dairy farm families and dairy friends for 80 years of support.
The evening was filled with fun for the whole family – from lawn games to face painting and of course, June the Animatronic Cow. Plus, guests found out first-hand that tight end Virgil Green is our NEW Denver Broncos Fuel Up to Play 60 player representative and were given the opportunity to meet him.
Throughout the Fort, guests talked to Dairy Farmers of America about anything from animal care to their member benefit program, bid on items at a silent auction supporting the William R. Wailes, Jr. Animal Sciences Scholarship and learned more about the Great American Milk Drive. A delicious barbeque dinner was provided by Outback Cookin’ and Catering.
During the formal program, guests took part in a milk toast featuring the Western Dairy Board of Directors, leaders in the dairy community, including Cindy French, President and CEO of Western Dairy; Les Hardesty, former Western Dairy Board Chair; Tom Jenkinson, former General Manager of Western Dairy; Dennis Rodenbaugh, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Dairy Farmers of America; Mark Benson, Leprino Vice President, Supply Chain; Chris Wiseman, Deputy Ag Commissioner; John Stulp, Water Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper; and Elaine Wailes. Western Dairy and Dairy Farmers of America talked to guests about the importance of dairy in our communities and paid a special tribute to the late Bill Wailes. We also thanked David Bruton, Jr. for all he has done for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and dairy farmers. The program ended with a Super Bowl Highlight hosted by Ed McCaffrey featuring Green, Bruton and Denver Broncos Alumni Tyrone Braxton!
Braxton was touched by our dairy farm families, and wanted us to let you know how much he and his family appreciate what the dairy community does for the nation.
”I was impressed to hear the dairy farmer’s stories about providing nutrition to our communities. I could see the pride on their faces. I wish I could say thank you to all the families involved,” said Braxton. “I know its hard work and not a lot of accolades.”
Once again, we would like to thank Dairy Farmers of America for co-hosting the event with us, all the FFA volunteers for their help and all of our sponsors:
- Wilbur-Ellis Feed Division
- West Plains
- Temple Tag
- Mountain Vet Supply
- Keith Bath Farms
- J.D. Heiskell & CO
- IBA Dairy Depot
- Diamond V
- Dairy Specialists
- The Dairy Authority, LLC
- Colorado Livestock Association
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Animal Clinic
- American Ag Credit
We also want to thank our dairy farm families for 80 years of support!
We hope everyone enjoyed the event and we look forward to another 80 years!
Check out all the photos from the event on our Facebook page! And if you missed the event, click here to see footage from it – a big thank you to Brian Allmer of The BARN for putting this together for us!