At the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association's Allied Industry Reception, held during World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., DCHA First Vice President Darin Mann presented DCHA's 2011 Outstanding Industry recognition awards to two worthy recipients, Darren VanBuuren, president and owner of Agri-Plastics of Grassie, Ontario, Canada, and Allin Butcher, director of sales and marketing for ROTO-MIX of Dodge City, Kan.
Mr. VanBuuren and his company, Agri-Plastics, saw the need to supply dairy calf and heifer growers with a quality line of calf hutches, group hutches, indoor calf pens and other products that not only saved time but also improved the health of the livestock.
For several decades, Mr. Butcher's company, ROTO-MIX, has been the premier livestock mixer and feeder equipment manufacturer, with multiple manufacturing facilities, retail locations and more than 150 dealers providing local sales and service in the U.S. ROTO-MIX also has sales in more than 35 international markets.
Thanks to Agri-Plastics' and ROTO-MIX's generous support over the last several years, DCHA has been able to continue to provide members and the industry with up-to-date information about raising quality dairy calves and heifers.
ROTO-MIX, Agri-Plastics and DCHA have similar philosophies in leadership and setting quality standards that help producers around the country become more successful in their business of raising high-quality dairy calves and heifers.
Mr. Mann thanked Mr. VanBuuren and Mr. Butcher for their continued dedication to the association. With partners like Agri-Plastics and ROTO-MIX, who are always there to provide support, DCHA can continue to lead in setting quality standards that help producers around the country become more successful in their business of raising high-quality dairy calves and heifers.
The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (www.calfandheifer.org) is an organization of calf and heifer growers partnered with allied industry and academia who are dedicated to growing high-quality dairy calves and replacement heifers. DCHA's objectives include: providing educational programs and professional development opportunities for producers and allied industry; developing a communication network for dairy calf and heifer growers, dairy producers and allied industry; establishing business and ethical standards for the industry; and enhancing the profitability of member growers and the dairy industry they serve.