Peck dairy farmers honored by MMPA
The MMPA is a member owned and controlled milk-marketing cooperative serving more than 2,100 farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio including many area families in Sanilac County and the Thumb region.
Business conducted by the delegates included re-election of Mark Halbert, of Battle Creek, to an at-large position on the board and adoption of the 21-12 MMPA resolutions.
The 2011 District Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators were also honored at the meeting, including Jeremy and Joy Sharrard of Peck, who were officially recognized as MMPA’s 2011 OYDC.
John Kronemeyer, District 12 director, presented Ryan and Christina Dellar of Harrisville (Alcona County), with the highest quality milk production award. The Dellars achieved the best quality records in 2011 of more than 1,300 farms belonging to MMPA.
At the meeting, the MMPA also recognized its 35-year members: including Carolyn Cumper and Randall Wood of Marlette, William Maasch of Clifford and Brad and Randy Rich of Sandusky.
In 1977 when these members joined MMPA, the average milk price was $9.49 per hundredweight; in fiscal year 2011 the average price was $20.17 per hundredweight. There were 5,761 MMPA members in 1977 who marketed a total of 2.8 billion pounds of milk. Today, MMPA has more than 2,100 members and marketed more than 3.9 billion pounds of milk in 2011.
Most notably, the average producer shipped 592,479 pounds of milk in 1977 compared to the average member’s shipment last year of 2,843,329 pounds of milk.
In other business, Dale Phillips of Marlette was elected to a two-year term for District 8 of the MMPA’s Advisory Committee. Members of this committee serve as a liaison between the membership and the board of directors and management.