In early February 2015, three Dairy Farmers of America members received separate awards for their contributions to the dairy industry — Harold Shaulis of Somerset, Pa.; Jeff Raney of Adamsville, Pa.; and Cathy McCune of St. Louis, Mich.
The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association presented Shaulis with the 2015 Dairy Hall of Fame Award at the annual Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, which was held February 4-6 in Lancaster, Pa. The recipient of the Dairy Hall of Fame Award must demonstrate superior management capabilities and provide outstanding leadership qualities within the dairy industry.
For more than 40 years, Shaulis, his wife, Carol, and partners have operated a 120-cow dairy, HMS Haven Dairy Farm. Along with serving as a delegate on DFA’s Corporate Resolutions Committee, Shaulis has served nearly 25 years on the board of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, where he currently is president. He is also on the boards of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Dairy Management Inc.
Raney, a DFA Board director, also attended the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, where he was presented with the Pacesetter Award, which recognizes individuals who work to build a positive image of the Pennsylvania dairy industry in order to create a marketable future for producers.
Raney and his wife, Brenda, have been operating J-RA Holsteins since they purchased their land in 1990. Along with his role on DFA’s Board, Raney serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and was formerly on the board of AgChoice Farm Credit, where he served 19 years.
United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) awarded McCune with the Excellence in Dairy Promotion Award during the 13th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference dinner banquet. The award recognizes individuals for dairy promotion accomplishments, along with volunteer service to the dairy industry and local community.
McCune resides with her husband, Chuck, on McCune Dairy Farm, an 1880 centennial farm in Midland County. While she is perhaps best known for her annual “Cowabunga Classic,” a vintage tractor and car show, farm tour and dinner that raises funds to benefit local cancer patients, McCune also works with UDIM to promote dairy products at community events. She is a board member for Central Michigan Girls on the Run and Agri-Fit, where she actively pairs dairy awareness with healthy lifestyles.
Photos: (From left) Harold Shaulis; Jeff Raney; Cathy McCune and her husband, Chuck.