MERIDIAN, Idaho (Nov. 22, 2016) — Last week dairy farmers and industry partners gathered in Boise for the United Dairymen of Idaho’s annual meeting. The group gave out several awards at the event to honor dairy farmers and industry leaders who have had a significant impact on the dairy community:
MILK QUALITY AWARD WINNER — Jay Hurren, Jay Hurren Dairy, Weston, Idaho. The family founded its Idaho dairy in 1972, and has been shipping milk to Gossner Foods Inc.,
which nominated Hurren for the award, for about 40 years. A third-generation dairyman, Hurren, his wife, Kenna, and their son Jason milk 250 cows. The dairy attributes its high-qualit y milk to clean corrals, vigilantly monitoring the herd’s health and wellness, and milking cows the right way with the right equipment in an immaculate parlor.
FRIEND OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD WINNER — Tom Suber, president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, Va. Suber has helmed the organization since its inception in 1995 and plans to retire at year’s end. During his tenure, USDEC has fostered collaborative industry partnerships with processors, trading companies, and others that significantly enhanced global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE — Lynn Dean Pack, Idaho Falls, Idaho. A fourth-generation dairyman, Pack has worked in the business for 62 years. He and his wife, Cindy, started their own herd, Tender Lovin Holsteins, in 1976 with an average herd size of 110 cows until 2015, when they downsized to a 50-cow operation. Pack has a long history of serving the dairy industry, including nearly 40 years as a member of the board of directors of the Idaho State Holstein Association. He was elected to the Western Dairymen Cooperative Inc. board in 1996 and helped oversee its merger with four other large co-ops to form Dairy Farmers of America. Pack served on the DFA board during its first four years, was instrumental in helping develop its Western Region Young Cooperators program, and served as a DFA area council member for 20 years. He also has judged myriad 4-H and FFA dairy shows in Idaho and Utah and given countless dairy fitting and showmanship demonstrations for youth over the last two decades. The youngest nominee to receive the ISHA Young Breeder, Senior Breeder, and Master Breeder awards, Pack has won the Premier Breeder and/or Premier Exhibitor title 14 times in the last 20 years. His herd currently boasts a BAA of 110.5, which puts him in the top one percent of Holstein breeders nationwide.
About United Dairymen of Idaho
United Dairymen of Idaho protects and promotes the Idaho dairy industry and dairy farm families through outreach, nutrition counseling and partnerships with consumers, dairy processors, retail outlets and farmers and their families. UDI is the parent organization of both the Idaho Dairy Council and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Visit IdahoDairy.com for more details.