UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Berkey Creamery served up valuable information and a bit of fun — ice cream included, of course — to colleagues when it recently hosted the annual University Creamery Managers Conference.
“University creameries are unique in operation and often face different pressures than those found in the private sector,” said Jim Brown, assistant manager of the Berkey Creamery. “This annual get-together provides an opportunity for us to share information about our successes and our challenges in production, education and research.”
This is the second time the Penn State Creamery has served as host of the event, which began in 2003 at the University of Wisconsin. During these conferences, dairy plant managers from more than 20 university creameries tour the hosting university’s campus, plant and store.
This year, special visits to Beaver Stadium, the Arboretum at Penn State, Stone Valley Recreation Center and the Penn State Dairy Barns were part of the schedule.
“We thought it would be great for our visitors to see our full ‘cow to cone’ story, and the only way to do that was to take them where it all begins — with the Penn State dairy cows,” Brown said.